'Resign,' Tito Sotto tells employees 'boycotting' nephew Vico


Posted at May 16 2019 03:47 PM | Updated as of May 16 2019 09:06 PM

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City hall employees who are reportedly staging a boycott against Pasig mayor-elect Vico Sotto should resign from their post, his uncle Senate President Vicente Sotto III said Thursday. 

Some city hall employees allegedly wore black shirts when the younger Sotto was proclaimed mayor last Tuesday and stopped the distribution of financial assistance to the poor on Thursday. 

"Ewan ko bakit nagkakaganoon sila. E 'di magresign na lang sila, sabay-sabay na silang mag-resign ng June 30 kaysa sa proprotestahan nila iyung boto ng mga kababayan nila sa Pasig," the elder Sotto told reporters. 

(I don't know why they are being like that. They should just resign together on June 30 instead of protesting the vote of their compatriots in Pasig.) 

Mayor Sotto, who ended the Eusebios' 27-year grip on Pasig, has said that he will prioritize healthcare and social services over infrastructure spending. 

His cousin Gian, son of the Senate President and actress Helen Gamboa, was proclaimed vice mayor-elect in Quezon City. 

The Senate President's nephew Wahoo, meanwhile, was the top 2 councilor of the second district of Parañaque. 

The lawmaker said his family should not be deemed a political dynasty. 

"Ang dynasty sa isang lugar lang. Halimbawa, iyung governor kamag-anak iyung mayor, kamag-anak yung vice governor, kamag-anak yung vice mayor. Pagkatapos ng term nila ang papalit, sila rin, kamag-anak din. Pwede mong sabihing dynasty iyun," Sen. Sotto said. 

(A dynasty is confined to one place. For example, the governor is a relative of the mayor, vice governor, vice mayor. After their term, they will be replaced by a relative. You can say that's a dynasty.) 

"Pero iyung isa taga-Parañaque, iyung isa taga-Quezon City, iyung isa taga-Pasig -- paano naging dynasty iyun?" he added. 

(But with us, one is in Parañaque, one is in Quezon City, another in Pasig -- how is that a political dynasty?) 

ABS-CBN News, 16 May 2019