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Vico Sotto would offer Bobby Eusebio a Christmas gift

Oct 21, 2019 - 10:30 AM

The Pasig mayor knows the old power is out to retake the city from him, but he is not about to resort to dirty tricks just to stay in office

NO TRAPO. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto delivers his State of the City Address at Plaza Bonifacio, Pasig City on October 8, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Rappler Talk: 100 days on, Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto vows never to become ‘trapo’

Oct 18, 2019 - 9:08 PM

Despite the old power's underhanded attempts to discredit him, the new leader insists on doing things the right way, even if it means 'sacrificing political capital'

Challenges of local governance we don’t always see

Oct 17, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Which, by the way, also present challenges in reporting

IN NUMBERS: Vico Sotto’s first 100 days as Pasig mayor

Oct 17, 2019 - 8:30 AM

(UPDATED) 'This is about doing governance in the way that we think it should be done. This is a stand against patronage politics. This is a stand against corruption,' says Sotto

NUMBERS TALK. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto highlighted achievements in health care, education, housing, social services, and good governance as he marked his first 100 days in office on October 8, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Vico Sotto suspends 2 Pasig officials for ignoring businesses' violations

Oct 16, 2019 - 11:57 AM

'We have discovered a suspicious trend' of establishments breaking environment laws and yet given permits from city hall to keep operating, the Pasig mayor says

HUNT DOWN. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto vowed to identify and punish officials who issued permits to establishments despite environmental violations. File photo of Sotto at Pasig's Rainforest Park on October 8, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Panelo's alternative reality

Oct 11, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Plus the mayors' 100-day milestones

‘Hahabulin, ipapakulong ko kayo’: Vico Sotto warns corrupt Pasig bureaucrats

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:30 AM

In his State of the City Address, delivered on his 100th day in office, the first-term mayor gives updates on services that have been improved and expanded as reforms are introduced

FIRST 100 DAYS. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto delivers his State of the City Address at Plaza Bonifacio, Pasig City on October 8, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Vico Sotto eases penalties on delayed housing payments

Oct 08, 2019 - 2:55 PM

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto says the government must help housing beneficiaries and only impose what is stated in contracts, instead of letting them get deep into debt

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto addresses residents of Pasig city on October 8, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Vico Sotto shuts down meat processing plant

Oct 08, 2019 - 2:00 PM

'Kahit malaking kompanya pa ang may-ari ng plantang ito, wala kaming pakialam,' says Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto conducts a surprise inspection in a meat processing plants in Bagong Ilog, Pasig on Ocober 8, 2019, after receiving complaints. Sotto orders its closure for violating the bulding code and ordinances governing sanitations. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Vico Sotto, the Prince of Pasig, must prepare for war

Oct 08, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Vico Sotto must keep in mind that he has an opponent raring to get back in power: ‘The old guard is up and about…their tentacles of corruption are still in city hall, occupying good positions’

TRANSITION. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto says managing the first ever transition in administration since Pasig became a city in 1995 is challenging. Photo from Vico Sotto's official Facebook page

SPOTLIGHT ON CITIES 2019: The First 100 Days

Oct 06, 2019 - 6:00 PM

How new leaders are shaping and empowering communities

Pasig enrolls record 13,000 scholars as Vico Sotto renames program

Sep 28, 2019 - 10:57 AM

The Pasig City Scholarship Program was previously named after former mayor Bobby Eusebio, who now faces a graft case at the Office of the Ombudsman

POWER TO THE YOUNG. Pasig City enrolls a record 13,000 scholars and enlists 480 young people to its paid internship program. Photo from Vico Sotto's official Facebook page.

Vico Sotto tells Pasig traffic enforcers not to fear calling cards

Sep 20, 2019 - 8:47 PM

The city government invests in body cameras for its traffic enforcers to make sure they'll do their job, and that motorists will let them

BLUE BOYS & GIRLS. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto has his eye on traffic enforcers, disciplining them while also offering them a shot at permanent jobs. Photo from Vico Sotto's Facebook page.

Friday the 13th in Vico Sotto’s Pasig

Sep 14, 2019 - 8:43 AM

An earthquake jolts city hall into running a quick check of buildings in Pasig, which lies along the West Valley Fault

What Metro Manila mayors are doing to employ more locals

Sep 08, 2019 - 4:27 PM

Despite its reputation for being a land of employment, Metro Manila continues to register one of the highest unemployment rates in the Philippines

PASIG CHIEF. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto talks with traffic enforcers in his city. Photo from Vico Sotto's Facebook page.

Vico Sotto to focus on Freedom of Information, transparency in gov't projects

Sep 07, 2019 - 12:12 PM

The Pasig City mayor promises transparent public biddings for local government project contracts as he sets up mechanisms for free access to public records

Vico Sotto: I will not accept kickbacks

Sep 02, 2019 - 9:37 PM

The Pasig City mayor guarantees that government contract prices will decrease by at least 10% during his term

Comelec division junks protest vs Vico Sotto

Sep 02, 2019 - 2:43 PM

(UPDATED) Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez says the 2nd division decided unanimously, citing the 'insufficiency in form and substance' of Eusebio's protest

UNANIMOUS VOTE. Members of the Comelec Second Division unanimously dismiss on August 30, 2019, the electoral protest filed by reelectionist mayor Bobby Eusebio (left) against challenger Vico Sotto in May 2019. Eusebio’s photo from his FB; Sotto’s photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto's 9th week was a huge shoutout to the youth

Sep 01, 2019 - 11:52 AM

The 30-year-old mayor caps off his last ‘Linggo ng Kabataan’ as an officially ‘young' person by urging students to storm city hall with their ideas and suggestions

SPEAK UP. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto urges students to get involved with the city government's education programs, as he speaks at a forum on August 31, 2019

Vico Sotto tackles tricky tricycles, measly medicines on 8th week as ‘Bossing'

Aug 24, 2019 - 8:19 AM

The Pasig mayor also rewarded the city's honor roll scholars with cash, and funded student athletes competing in a tournament in Palawan

CITY BOSS. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto fires ‘abusive’ city official

Aug 19, 2019 - 11:38 AM

Sotto shares photos of the dismissed official's vacated office and vows to go after erring bureaucrats 'with the full force of the law'

TOUGH CALL. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto meets with residents of Brgy. Santolan on August 9, 2019. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

On 7th week, Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto was big on traffic

Aug 17, 2019 - 8:18 PM

But there was also dengue fever, a tricycle tussle, an anti-drug campaign, and the city government’s budget to sort out

LONG WEEK. File photo of Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto from July 15, 2019. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Vico Sotto warns Pasig barangay officials who close public roads

Aug 13, 2019 - 10:28 AM

The young mayor hits barangays that charge motorists for access to public roads, as local governments race to clear all streets to ease traffic within 60 days

ROAD CLEARING. Pasig City authorities remove an illegal structure blocking a road in Pasig City. Photo from the Facebook page of Vico Sotto

Vico Sotto vows relocation within Pasig for families near canal project

Aug 09, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Pasig City plans to widen an aqueduct along Marikina River to prevent floods but hundreds of informal settlers may face eviction

REST ASSURED. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto consults informal settlers in Barangay Santolan about a flood control project on August 9, 2019. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Pasig to train doctors for barangay health centers – Vico Sotto

Aug 06, 2019 - 9:20 AM

Rizal Medical Center staff will help develop medical staff at barangay centers, so residents don't have to go to public hospitals for treatment of common illnesses

STRONG FRONTLINERS. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto signs an agreement with the Rizal Medical Center for the training and development of doctors for barangay health centers. Photo from Vico Sotto's official Facebook page  SOURCE  Photo taken from Vico Sotto's offical Facebook page

'Notorious' Pasig traffic enforcers get chance at regularization

Aug 02, 2019 - 10:21 PM

The city's 'Blue Boys and Girls' take turns at a 'professionalization' course that could lead to permanent job contracts, as the local government tries to fix their reputation

JOB SECURITY. Pasig City's traffic enforcers take a course on professionalism as a way to possibly gain permanent employment with the local government. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Vico Sotto announces program to professionalize Pasig traffic enforcers

Jul 30, 2019 - 10:16 AM

Mayor Vico Sotto offers traffic enforcers a way to secure their tenure even as he warns them to 'straighten up' or face dismissal and prosecution

PASIG CHIEF. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto talks with traffic enforcers in his city. Photo from Vico Sotto's Facebook page.

Old wives’ tales from the barangays of Pasig

Jul 26, 2019 - 4:32 PM

People obtain the most basic and mundane government services at the barangay, and its small inefficiencies and petty corruption snowball into a huge challenge for the city's new mayor

GREAT EXPECTATIONS. Vico Sotto supporters gather at the Pasig City Hall. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

[OPINYON] Vico at Isko: Governance in the age of social media

Jul 18, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Inihanda ng mga tinalo nilang pulitiko ang botante para sa mga gaya nina Isko Moreno at Vico Sotto – nililinis, inaayos ang mga lugar na pinagpasasaan ng kanilang kapangyarihan

LOOK: Manila, Pasig governments welcome 'Back to Bakuna' immunization program

Jul 16, 2019 - 8:04 PM

Health chief Francisco Duque III assures Manila and Pasig parents that vaccines work

Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III administers a measles vaccine to a student during the school-based immunization campaign attended by local official led by city Mayor Vico Sotto and Representative Roman Romulo at the Pasig Elementary School on July 16, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Pasig City opens hotline for complaints, public record requests

Jul 15, 2019 - 6:08 PM

Here is how Pasig City residents can access its 24-hour information and complaints service

COMPLAINTS UNIT. The Pasig City government opens a 24/7 hotline and information desk also accessible online in an effort to increase transparency and cut corruption in the bureaucracy. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Vico Sotto promises to tell 'the good, the bad, the ugly' about Pasig City

Jul 15, 2019 - 2:07 PM

The Pasig City Mayor says he would dismiss and punish errant city workers, as he opens a 24-hour public information and complaints desk

MORE TRANSPARENCY. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto launches a 24-hour public information & complaints desk to address corruption and lapses in city government services. Photo by Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: The good mayors need us

Jul 15, 2019 - 10:41 AM

Well-intentioned local chief executives are up against vested interests that reject reforms, as well as temptations that come with power

Vico Sotto orders inventory of supplies amid missing P1.4B

Jul 14, 2019 - 8:15 PM

The Pasig City government is 'now conducting a physical count of supplies and materials,' says Mayor Vico Sotto

New Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto takes his oath of office at the Pasig City Sports Center on Sunday, June 30, in the presence of his celebrity parents Vic Sotto and Coney Reyes. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Vico Sotto tells Zagu: 'Follow the law, respect workers’ rights'

Jul 10, 2019 - 11:43 AM

The Pasig mayor intervenes in a tussle between unionist and pro-management workers, and defends the protesters' right to remain on strike

VICO SOTTO. The newbie city legislator is poised to win the mayoralty race, ending the decades-long hold of the Eusebios. File photo from Vico Sotto's Facebook

Pasig’s Vico Sotto to city hall workers: Smile even when 'not in the mood'

Jul 08, 2019 - 12:04 PM

The new mayor uses his father's brand of humor as he issues a stern warning to city hall employees

NO JOKE. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto (2nd right) tells city hall employees to do their jobs properly and with a smile. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

DILG commends 'young' new metro mayors

Jul 06, 2019 - 5:16 PM

Getting top billing from Secretary Año is Isko Moreno who scored major media mileage this week for drastic changes in Manila

NEW MAYORS. (L-R) Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto, Makati City Mayor Abby Binay and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno. Photo of Sotto by Rob Reyes/Rappler, Binay and Moreno courtesy of their Facebook pages

Vico Sotto suspends Pasig odd-even traffic scheme indefinitely

Jul 01, 2019 - 5:09 PM

Effective immediately, the new mayor's first order is part of a wide-ranging review of Pasig City's mobility and traffic situation

REVIEW. Mayor Vico Sotto forms a task force that will assess the traffic situation and the effectiveness of the odd-even scheme started by his predecessor. Photo from Sotto's FB

Young metro mayors challenged to make every day World Bike to Work Day

Jun 04, 2019 - 7:19 PM

The Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities urges the mayors to make a plan of cooperation linking Pasig, Quezon City, Makati, San Juan, and Manila via protected bicycle lanes

CHALLENGE. The Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities participates in a World Bicycle Day event organized by Manila Moves and other groups in Ortigas on June 3, 2019. The think tank calls for elected young mayors in Metro Manila to make their cities friendly for bike commuters. All photos by AC Dimatatac

Vico Sotto welcomes electoral protest of defeated Pasig City mayor

Jun 01, 2019 - 8:04 PM

'Sa akin, okay lang dahil lalong makikita ng lahat kung gaano ka-accurate ang resulta' says Pasig City Mayor-elect Vico Sotto who beat the incumbent by a wide margin

YOUNGEST MAYOR. Pasig City Mayor-elect Vico Sotto during his proclamation at the Pasig City Hall. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

[OPINION] Rekindling hope in new breed of alternative leaders

May 29, 2019 - 7:56 AM

What our recent experience tells us is that there is hope, imperceptible at first glance but solid at a second moment of reflection

Sotto, Romulo proclamation marred by pro-Eusebio protest

May 15, 2019 - 8:42 AM

The victories of Vico Sotto and Roman Romulo end the 27-year political dominance of the Eusebio family in Pasig City

Proclamation of newly elected Mayor Vico Sotto and Vice Mayor Roman Romula at Pasig City Hall. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Vic Sotto on son Vico’s electoral win: It hasn't sunk in

May 15, 2019 - 6:00 AM

The Pasig mayor-elect's biggest fans – parents Vic Sotto and Coney Reyes – are ecstatic, to say the least

Eusebio on his way out; Vico Sotto set to win as Pasig mayor

May 14, 2019 - 1:35 AM

Roman Romulo, meanwhile, is likely to beat another Eusebio, reelectionist congressman Ricky Eusebio

VICO SOTTO. The newbie city legislator is poised to win the mayoralty race, ending the decades-long hold of the Eusebios. File photo from Vico Sotto's Facebook

#TheLeaderIWant: Pasig’s Vico Sotto on old, new politics

Oct 22, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Rappler kicks off its #TheLeaderIWant series by talking to Pasig city councilor Vico Sotto

Vico Sotto to run for Pasig mayor

Oct 17, 2018 - 9:13 PM

Despite being the youngest councilor in Pasig City, Vico Sotto decides to challenge the favored incumbent Robert Eusebio

NEW POLITICS. Vico Sotto (2nd right) filed his COC to run for Pasig City mayor. With him are his parents Vic Sotto and Connie Reyes. At right is Pasig congressman Roman Romulo. Rappler photo

Vic Sotto on Pauleen Luna: 'The right woman, the right time'

Dec 10, 2015 - 7:19 PM

Vic addresses criticism about his age difference with Pauleen and also shares he is very supportive of his son Vico who will soon run for councilor in Pasig