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Mayor Vico Sotto earns admiration due to his global recognition as one of the anti-corruption champions

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Mayor Vico Sotto earns admiration due to his global recognition as one of the anti-corruption champions

In his acceptance message, Sotto hopes that his recognition will enlighten us that we must eradicate corruption in our culture.

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto‘s accomplishments are acknowledged abroad as the US Department of State named him one of the 12 International Anti-corruption Champions.

Sotto, the 29-year-old former city councilor of Pasig City, defeated the incumbent mayor who ruled the city for 27 years. His prior work on the city council resulted in the freedom of information legislation that allowed city residents to request documents without having to provide a justification–the first such law in the Metro Manila area.

As a young leader, the US body believes that Mayor Sotto is the “standard-bearer for a new generation of Philippine politicians who prioritize anti-corruption and transparency initiatives in their election campaigns and in office.”

Governing in a country like the Philippines, where corrupt and incompetent politicians are rampant, Sotto went against the ‘norm’ as the state department also recognized how Sotto ended the political dynasty of the Eusebio–the family that reigned in Pasig for almost three decades.

Before being a Mayor, he served as a councilor that allowed him to file a Pasig City’s freedom of information bill.

The US Department of State also recognized Sotto’s promise of evading kickbacks in issuing city contracts, creating a 24/7 city hotline, open for complaints, and transparency in the city’s funds and policymaking.

This international recognition of Sotto earned him more admiration from celebrities and Netizens, as they took pride in his achievement.

Vice Ganda sent his warmest congratulations to Sotto and perceived him as the renewed hope for Philippine politics.

Sharon Cuneta, the Megastar, said that all politicians should be like Mayor Sotto–humble, honest, and effective.

Senator Panfilo Lacson Sr. described Sotto as the ‘bright beacon’ of the country with this global achievement.

Dr. Tony Leachon wishes that he is still alive by the time Sotto will finally make their dreams come true. He also affirmed that a true leader should sympathize with his people.

Despite his young age, Sotto proved his place in politics.

@Eric_Cabahug suggested the lowering of presidential candidates’ age to make Sotto qualify to run next year.

In his acceptance message, Sotto hoped that his recognition will enlighten the people to eradicate corruption.

Sotto is the best role model for politicians. May his actions spark realizations for other officials to do better in their job to serve their people.

During the country’s continuing battle with the COVID-19 pandemic, Sotto is one of the leaders who showed more responsive and efficient efforts.

He initiated the ‘mobile market’ where Pasigeños can purchase fresh goods right from their vicinity. This initiative encouraged people to stay home as the ‘mobile market’ is accessible and closer to its constituents.

The city also provided shuttle services for frontliners when public transportation services were prohibited.

Today, Pasig became the first city in the country to have an approved vaccination plan.

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