Vico Sotto: I’m disappointed every 30 minutes but…

Lilibeth Frondoso

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“Have I ever been frustrated? Yes, every 30 minutes or so, something frustrating happens.” So says Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto in the interview below.

The “oh no” moment: My heart sunk a little at this point. Does he regret it? Did he bite off more than he could chew – this 30-year-old millennial with his grand dreams of change and good governance?

He then adds: “We’re dealing with a bureaucracy with a budget of 10 billion, we have 8,000 employees. We have 850,000 constituents, the task is very daunting.”

But, he says, looking at the big picture, “It’s very encouraging – the changes we’ve been making so far, if they haven’t felt it yet, they will feel it…. Kung ano mang frustration, inis ko, nawawala rin.” (Whatever the frustration, the annoyance, it goes away.)

The star factor: Reporter JC Gotinga, in his story Vico Sotto, the Prince of Pasig, describes him this way: “The son of two big movie stars, Coney Reyes and Vic Sotto, Vico Sotto was somebody without even trying. And although he is a new, squeaky-clean personality in politics, his surname links him to two senators: one, from the distant past, his great grandfather Vicente Sotto; and the other, his uncle, current Senate President Vicente Sotto III.”

100th-day insight: Sotto says, “This is bigger than me. I might have the privilege of being the face of it now…but this is people from the grassroots up wanting something different for Pasig.”

“Trainings ko hindi po siya masaya.” Using a massive understatement, Carlos Yulo, the World Artistic Gymnastics men’s floor exercises champion, talked about the time he almost quit. Reminiscing in a post-victory press con, he adds: “Araw-araw po niiyak ako, hindi ko po siya kaya. Last two years, sinabi ko sa coach ko na magki-quit na ako.” (Every day, I felt like crying, I couldn’t endure my training. The last two years, I told my coach, I was quitting.)

Self-critical. Rappler interviewed Carlos Yulo back in 2012, when he was a promising 12-year-old competing in the Palarong Pambansa. Back then, he only dreamt of competing in the Southeast Asian Games. Listen to his soundbite – even then, he was hard on himself, always looking inward and blaming himself for his losses.

The best chief justice we never had. That is how Rappler reporter Lian Buan sums up the bitter-sweet ending to 18 years of Antonio Carpio in the Supreme court. Highlights of the interview with Marites Vitug: On witnessing 3 historic SC moments: the attempt to impeach Chief Justice Hilarion davide, the impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona and quo warranto ouster of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno On the appointment of junior justices as Chief Justice On mitigating the drawbacks of short-term appointments On loyalty to the appointing power On the gap between rule of law and the rule of justice On his advocacy on the West Philippine Sea

READ: PH owes ‘incalculable debt of gratitude’ to retiring Justice Carpio

Sad, ignoble goodbye. Amid the “ninja cops” issue, PNP chief Oscar Abayalde steps down. His resignation comes after former generals accused him of protecting rogue cops in a 2013 Pampanga anti-drug operation.

Leveling-up war exercises. As journalists, we’ve seen the evolution of war exercises: from Balikatan to Bayanihan to this year’s Kamandag. And what an appropriate name it is!

Now the Pinoys get to join American and Japanese military counterparts on a more or less equal footing, onboard their new amphibious assets. The boys must be feeling quite the soldiers with their new toys!

Ballet Philippines pirouettes on. On its 50th anniversary, its dancers are determined the show must go on, despite the lack of funding.

Activist spirit. In true University of the Philippines tradition, UP Visayas cheerleaders use the medium as a canvas for their views on national issues that include extrajudicial killings, the West Philippine Sea, rice tariffication, and the labor situation in the Philippines.

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Lilibeth Frondoso

She currently heads Multimedia Strategy and Growth in Rappler.