By Raymund Antonio
For a neophyte like Pasig City Mayor-elect Vico Sotto, he can turn to Vice President Leni Robredo for advice about good governance.
“Nandito lang naman kami. Hindi lang ako pero lalo na iyong mga katrabaho ng asawa ko,” Robredo said in Naga City, where she commemorated the upcoming 61st birth anniversary of her late husband and former Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo.
(We are just here. Not only me but especially the co-workers of my husband.)
“Nagvovolunteer kami kung mayroon siya mga kailangan na tulong from us, para matuto sa lessons na pinagdaanan,” she added.
(We are volunteering if he needs help from us, so he will learn from our lessons.)
Sotto once visited Naga before he got elected as the new Pasig City mayor in the May 13 midterm polls.
The 29-year-old councilor even defended Naga last year after it was called by President Rodrigo Duterte as a “hotbed” of shabu.
“It really is a hotbed here!” Sotto tweeted in Filipino. “Hotbed of citizen empowerment and participation in governance!!!”
The Vice President expressed support for Sotto and advised him to “stay on course” as he will take over the city’s leadership next month.
“Siguro iyong pinaka-mensahe: Maraming kahirapan na pagdadaanan. Sana mag-stay lang ng course,” said Robredo.
(Probably the main message is: He will go through many hardships. I hope he will stay on course.)
“Maraming temptations, maraming shortcuts na dadating, na parang dadaanan niya. Pero sana iyong focus parating nandiyan,” she continued.
(There are many temptations, shortcuts that will come, that he will go through. But I hope his focus will always be there.)