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“I just came from City Hall,” Sotto said just four days away from his first day as mayor of the city of Pasig. “We had a Peace and Order Council meeting, and the formal turnover of the council.” He then explained how the turnovers work, and how the Peace and Order Council must be the first one up and running. “Kasi, July 1, hindi mo alamkunganomangyayari. There could be heavy rains, there could be something else. So we have to get everything ready before then,” he added.
Who is Vico Sotto? This time last year, you would be forgiven for considering him as a fun fact. Did you know, Vic Sotto and Coney Reyes has a kid in politics, and the conversation could end like that. But ever since he toppled the 27-year dominance of the Eusebio clan in Pasig politics, the young Sotto has received a lot of attention.
“I didn’t grow up in politics,” he said. “Showbiz, puwede pa, kasi both of my parents are actors. I have three siblings who, at one point or another, were actors, but it really just wasn’t for me. I was really more interested in governance.”
“Both of my parents, I think, would have been very happy if I tried showbiz, especially my mom. They would invite me all the time, even in my mom's show. Lagi niya ‘kong sinasabihanna, ‘Subukuan mo namankahitisang episode lang.’ I just knew it wasn’t for me.”
“Especially when I was younger—when I say younger, I mean before my teen years, umiiyak talagaakon’on. They would say, ‘Birthday ng papa mo, mag-guest ka namansa [Eat] Bulaga.’ Iiyaktalagaako, and it never happened. After my toddler years, never na ‘ko bumalik. Kapag toddler ka, wala ka namang choice e. Pero n’ong may sarilinaakongutak, hindinanilaakonapilit. When I was five, six years old, hindinanilaakomapilit.”
Celebrity life was just something that he didn’t care for, especially not while growing up. “Ayoko lang talaga. I was never comfortable with the fact that my parents were celebrities,” he mused. “Kapag mgasa mall, people would ask for pictures, so I would never go to the mall with my mom or my dad. People would ask for pictures at magtatagotalagaako. At some point, lalo nanungmedyo teenager ako, naiinisnasa'kinnanay ko, parang ‘Hindi ka pa ba nasanay? Trabaho ‘ko ‘to. Bakit hindi ka mag-pa-picture?’ Eventually I got used to it, and I got more comfortable in my skin. I don't enjoy it, perokumbaga sometimes I don't really feel like I have a choice.”
What about now, though? The Sotto who ran a successful mayoral campaign of today is hardly anything like the shy teenager who hated going to the mall with his parents. Still, here is a man who’d rather shy away from celebrity than embrace it. “I wanted to make sure that during the campaign we weren't going to make it a showbiz campaign or a celebrity-driven campaign,” he said. “Of course, those are advantages that you could use, especially given my family, but I refuse to make it about showbiz na may kantahan, sayawan.”
“During the 45-day campaign period, very informal kasiyungmga caucus namin; we never really had rallies. Someone sang once, kasinandoonnasiya at nag-volunteer. Alangan namangsabihin naming umalis ka dito, 'di ba, e nandoonnasiya. And we appreciate it. But throughout the campaign it's really just standing in a crowd, standing on a chair, and delivering a message. In other words, we wanted to make sure that our campaign was issue-driven. We wanted to talk about issues.”
“Most of the time it was just a pickup truck we hopped on and a portable sound system. Over time biglanalang may naglagay ng sound system, hindi ko rin alamkungsaannanggaling e. It was all very organic. We really liked that.”