Mayor Vico : Hero for the future generation?

Mayor Vico : Hero for the future generation?




The man of the hour is netizen’s newest poster boy none other than 29 year old Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto.
The declaration of the enhanced community quarantine of the entire island of Luzon by the national government in order to stop the spreading of the novel coronavirus 2019 or COVID-19 was just the situation that made this young man show the country that as early a now that he is also the face of the future of Philippine politics.

In an article published in the Daily Tribune last March 22, they have fully explained the “Vico phenomena” and who among all the people is happy and proud for this young leader.
Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto
(photo credit to Daily Tribune)

Like a virus that hits without warning, a Vico addiction infected netizens all over the nation, inspiring a fandom and endless memes this past week.
Just eight months into his term, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto has earned nods and praises for his novel efforts and crowning efforts to protect his city from the health crisis now overtaking the world.
In spite of some criticism, the 30-year-old public servant has been applauded more for his quick and proactive responses to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) epidemic.”

In the pursuit of informing the public , clarity and truthfulness, we are quotig in full the said article from the Daily Tribune.
Please see full quote below:

The Vico veerus



Like a virus that hits without warning, a Vico addiction infected netizens all over the nation, inspiring a fandom and endless memes this past week.
Just eight months into his term, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto has earned nods and praises for his novel efforts and crowning efforts to protect his city from the health crisis now overtaking the world.

(photo credit to owner)

In spite of some criticism, the 30-year-old public servant has been applauded more for his quick and proactive responses to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) epidemic.
A day after the enhanced community quarantine was imposed by the Duterte administration, his efficiency in providing on-ground actions and measures for the safety and livelihood of his constituents amid the virus scare raised the bar high for good public governance.
Recently, Vico and his outstanding responses to the COVID-19 situation have been making social media erupt with constant updates where he is seen inspecting, interacting and cooperating with his local government frontliners.
He implemented Ordinance 7, the Anti-Panic Buying and Hoarding Ordinance in the city; the turnover of around 1,000 disinfection equipment and supplies to establishments; a mobile kitchen for medical personnel and 400,000 food packs and vitamins for the Pasigueños; buying disinfecting drones; and the controversial plea to the government to allow tricycles, bicycles — despite the suspension of public transportation in regards to social distancing — to operate for the convenience of the healthcare workers, especially for medical emergencies and those exempted from the community quarantine.

(photo credit to owner)

Good son

Vico has reaped praises and even a fan club Korean-pop style with matching merchandise and even fan sites in support disguised as a joke.
Fan-made edits such as light sticks (named Vico-bong), cloth banners and cup sleeve events in honor of memes and jokes circulated on Twitter and Facebook from his newly named fan base, the vivicos.
Hilarious fan-cams of his past interviews and hourly updates and pictures from his “fan-sites” also joined in the fun, especially in Twitter-verse.
It is an understatement that many Filipinos, including famed personalities and politicians, are in awe of the mayor’s refreshing style amid a health crisis, but there will never be one prouder than his mother, veteran actress Coney Reyes, for the standards her son is setting during his term, as well as for the positive responses that the Pasig city mayor is receiving.

These, as Filipino as ever, have earned him the title of “Paboritong Anak ni Mama,” overthrowing Teddie Salazar (a character played by Toni Gonzaga) in reference to Coney Reyes’ film Four Sisters and a Wedding, for the effort he’s been putting to Pasig during the Luzon-wide quarantine. Even his baby pictures resurfaced on the Internet, much to the delight of many.
In an Instagram video, Vico’s mom expressed her pride and gratitude for her son and the people steadfastly helping Vico do his duties as mayor.
She said, “Thank you so much to all the men and women who tirelessly work alongside Vico! Bilib ako sa inyo! Maraming salamat sa walang patid na tulong at suporta! God is your ultimate Rewarder! I would also personally like to thank all the people who continue to pray for Vico and his team!” and urged her countrymen to stay strong and keep their faith amid crucial times.
The video sent to Reyes showed the Pasig city mayor’s humor. “Someone sent me this short video clip of my son. I thank God for his sense of humor (which I’m sure he got from his Papa),” she said. Victor Maria Regis ‘Vico’ Nubla Sotto is the son of Coney Reyes and Vic Sotto.

Vico’s actions have led to comparisons to some local government units to which the Pasig mayor replied, “Kailangan po yung mga LGU ay hindi po dapat negatibo yung comparison kung hindi mag-tulungan na lang po kami. Let’s copy each other’s best practices (for the betterment of the country).”

Vico also said in an accompanying tweet that his service has nothing to do with “national politics” and that he’s been updating his moves and practices for the transparency of his constituents.
He also made a recent comment about not having time for trolling and instead choosing this as a better time to save lives.
Wala po kaming panahon makipag-laban sa mga trolls at paninira. Lahat na lang gusto nilang gawin politika. We are just trying to do our best to save lives,” it reads.


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 A breath of fresh air

This is not the first time that Vico became the talk of the town, starting when he toppled a political dynasty in roundly defeating incumbent mayor Robert Eusebio who had 27-year reign in Pasig.
In an ANCX interview, Vico said he wanted to work in government ever since he was 10, which is why he studied political science at Ateneo de Manila University and even got his master’s degree in public management from the same school.
With a difference of nearly 90,000 votes compared to his rival, Sotto win the seat and began doing things in his own way. His campaign heavily focused on health, education and participative governance that he’s very much executing and working on until now. After his win, Vico has been a prominent political figure when it comes to social media trends.

Despite the risks of the virus not just for himself but for also his family, Vico continues to go out of his way and secure the livelihood and safety of his constituents in Pasig with daily updates, reports and outstanding precautionary measures around the area.
In fact, netizens point out that in recent interviews, one can see how compassionate and genuinely concerned the city mayor is for the Pasigueños.
He may not be wearing a cape or a full-on spandex suit, but with his genuine heart and continued efforts for the betterment of the country, Vico Sotto — along with a few other next-gen leaders the Philippines has today — might just be a hero for the future generation.



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