By Jel Santos
Mayor-elect Vico Sotto on Wednesday broke his silence on the protest being mulled by outgoing mayor Bobby Eusebio against his win in the mayoral race in Pasig City.
After the 29-year-old Sotto was declared the winner by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Pasig, the outgoing mayor, and his supporters held a rally in front of the city hall.
Eusebio, whose clan had ruled the city for 27 years, told the media that their camp will file a protest over the “cheating” in the recently concluded polls.
“Kami ay maghahabla ng protesta dahil sa pangyayaring dayaan (We will file a protest because of the cheating incident),” Eusebio said in front of the city hall.
In response, Sotto said that Eusebio only has two choices, it is either to accept defeat and exit gracefully or shame himself by filing a protest against his win.
“Kung pipiliin niya ang second option, siya naman ang mapapahiya, hindi ako. Dahil malinaw ang sigaw ng Pasigueños ngayong 2019 (If he would pick the second option, he would put himself to shame, not me. The voice of the of Pasiguenos was very clear this 2019),” the mayor-elect told the Manila Bulletin.
Sotto described the election protest of the outgoing mayor as “frivolous.”
On May 14, Comelec Pasig canvassers proclaimed Sotto as the new mayor of Pasig City after garnering 206, 751 votes, while Eusebio only got 119, 993.
He said that may the people close to Eusebio advise him to not make irrational decisions while angry, stressing he should just respect the will of the people.
“For everyone’s benefit, I pray that the people close to him will advise him not to make irrational decisions in anger. We must all respect the will of the people,” Sotto said.
The newly-elected mayor, son of celebrities Coney Reyes and Vic Sotto, is the author of City Ordinance No. 37 or the local transparency ordinance, which was passed on Sept. 13, 2018.
In 2016 elections, Sotto garnered the biggest number of votes among city council candidates despite running as an independent.