By Jhon Aldrin Casinas
Pasig City Mayor-elect Vico Sotto’s victory over a political giant is seen to usher in a new brand of leadership in the city.
The 29-year-old Sotto has defeated outgoing Mayor Robert Eusebio with an overwhelming lead of 80,000 votes, ending the 27-year political dominance of the Eusebio clan in Pasig City.
With his victory, Sotto, son of show business icons Vic Sotto and Coney Reyes, has fulfilled his #IbaNaman campaign slogan.
“I think it’s important for us to have leaders with the fear and love of God,” Sotto said in a television interview recently when asked on how faith would influence his leadership.
Despite having a landslide lead around midnight of May 12, his proclamation was delayed for almost 12 hours.
Around 2 a.m. on May 14, the camp of Sotto submitted a motion to lower the threshold of the proclamation to 90 percent after their candidate got around 100,000 vote lead from his opponent with only less than 6 percent of the returns to be transmitted.
Pasig City Board of Canvassers ruled in favor of the motion and sent an endorsement letter to the Commission on Elections regional office.
However, hours passed and the approval for the endorsement still has to reach the canvassers who were at the Session Hall inside Pasig City Hall.
The decision finally arrived at 1:30 p.m.
Supporters and families of Sotto and party mate Cong. Roman Romulo, who was elected to represent the city’s lone district, trooped at the Session Hall to witness the historic change in the city’s political landscape.
Cheers and applause filled the Session Hall on the seventh floor of the government building after Sotto was proclaimed as the new mayor.
“Glory to God. Thank You, Jesus,” Sotto’s mother, actress Coney Reyes, shouted in jubilation after her son’s official proclamation.