By Jhon Aldrin Casinas
Less than a month before Vico Sotto officially takes his oath of office as the new mayor of Pasig City, outgoing Mayor Robert “Bobby” Eusebio has filed an electoral protest against the young politician.
In an interview with radio DZRH on Friday, former Commission on Elections chairman Sixto Brilliantes revealed they already filed Eusebio’s electoral protest against Sotto.
Addressing the issue via a Facebook post, Sotto wished his opponent “inner peace to accept the truth” as the latter made true his vow to contest the results of the elections.
“Nag-file na po ng electoral protest ang kalaban ko. Sa akin, ok lang dahil lalong makikita ng lahat kong gaano ka-accurate ang resulta (My opponent has already filed an electoral protest. For me, it’s okay because all will really see how accurate was the result),” Sotto said in the post, which accompanied a photograph of the photocopy of the electoral protest.
“Wishing my opponent inner peace to accept the truth. I’m just here ready to work him for a smooth transition, if and when he’s ready,” he added.
On Sunday, Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo, who is facing an electoral protest after defeating former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr in 2016, said on her weekly radio program that she welcomed Sotto to the “club.”
To recall, Eusebio earlier bared that his camp will file and election protest over the alleged “cheating” during the midterm polls.
The 29-year-old Sotto defeated Eusebio, whose family made the city their political stronghold for 27 years, with an overwhelming lead of more than 80,000 votes.
Support of the city council
Although, Sotto will be holding the highest position in the local government unit of Pasig, he may still have to fight for his proposed programs to get passed the legislative body of the city.
The millennial incoming mayor did not field any councilor and vice mayor when he ran for the local chief executive position. Reelected Cong. Roman Romulo was Sotto’s only party mate in the campaign.
Despite his lack of political hold in the city council, Sotto said he was still confident that the councilors of the city’s two districts would eventually rally behind him on “good” programs planned out for their constituents.
“Confident naman po ako na basta maganda yung programa, susuporta din po yun (I am confident that as long as the program is good, they would support it),” Sotto said in an interview with Robredo over her radio program “BISErbisyong Leni” on Sunday.
During his campaign, Sotto’s “Big V Agenda” included the allocation of P2.4 billion from the city’s P10.7-billion annual budget for the implementation of the local version of the Universal Health Care Act.