Mayor Vico Sotto Reminds Scholars That Politicians Don't Pay For Their Education. Taxpayers Do.
“Wala kayong utang na loob kahit kanino (lalo na sa politiko) dahil pera ito ng taumbayan.”
This is part of Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto's message to the scholars of his city.
The 31-year-old mayor posted it on Twitter, where it quickly went viral.
At the general assembly of Pasig scholarsm Mayor Vico announced that there are a total of 18,200 students who are are studying for free thanks to the efforts of the city.
This is in addition to the 50 new “Arts and Design scholars,” who are also among those scheduled to receive cash cards from the city government.
“Naiilang ako dahil hindi ko pera to”
In a tweet addressed to the students, Mayor Vico explained that it is not right to thank politicians for free education from the government.
It was the taxpayers of the country—and not from the pockets of politicians—who spent money on the education of scholars.
Mayor Vico clarified, although he "na-a-appreciate" the scholars' gratitude to him, "naiilang ako dahil hindi ko pera to."
Finally, the mayor advised Pasig scholars what they can do in gratitude for free education.
"Mag-aral lang kayo nang mabuti, sulit na ang investment ng Pasig sa inyo,” the mayor advised the students.
Vico, Twitter's Favorite Child
This post by Mayor Vico will be trending on Twitter this Saturday, November 7.
Some netizens could not help comparing the mayor with other politicians, whom they called "epal" for claiming the credit of projects of other people.
A Sotto Clan Scion
Mayor Vico is the son of TV host-comedian Vic Sotto and veteran actress Coney Reyes.
He was a former Pasig councilor, and in 2019 was elected for his first term as mayor.
Although considered a political novice, in his first year as Pasig mayor, netizens praised Mayor Vico's innovative brand of leadership, which came from the well-known Sotto political clan.
Mayor Vico is the grandson of former senators Vicente (1877-1950) and Filemon Sotto (1872-1966).
He is the uncle of Senate President Tito Sotto and cousin of the senator's son, incumbent Quezon City Vice Mayor Gian Sotto.
This story originally appeared on Pep.ph and translated by Esquiremag.ph editors. Minor edits have been made.