By Jhon Aldrin Casinas
After decades of leaders with the same last name, Vico Sotto was officially sworn in as the new mayor of Pasig City.
Sotto, flanked by his parents show business personalities Vic Sotto and Coney Reyes, took his oath before Commission on Audit Chairperson Michael Aguinaldo at the Pasig City Hall Sports Center on Sunday noon.
The 30-year-old Sotto toppled the 27-year political rule of the Eusebio clan in Pasig after he defeated, by a landslide, former Pasig City Mayor Bobby Eusebio.
Pasig City, one of the richest cities in the country, did not have any other mayor outside the Eusebio clan since Vicente Eusebio was elected mayor in 1992.
Although Sotto was considered an underdog in the May 13 polls, the young politician still had his advantages as he packed a high-profile last name with an uncle, Sen. Vicente Sotto III, as the incumbent Senate President, and parents who are both icons in the show business industry.
In an interview with reporters after the inauguration ceremony, Sotto called for unity in the city.
“Panahon na para magkaisa. Panahon na para mag move forward tayo (It’s time to unite. It’s time for us to move forward),” Sotto told reporters.
“Di naman para sa akin, kundi para sa Lungsod ng Pasig (Not for me but for the City of Pasig),” he added.
Aside from Sotto, Congressman Roman Romulo also took his oath, which was presided over by his sister Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.
Vice Mayor Iyo Caruncho Bernardo, who ran under the ticket of Eusebio, was sworn into office by Pasig City Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Danilo Cruz. Sotto did not field a candidate for the vice mayoralty position.
Despite their differences, Sotto has thanked the Eusebio family for all the contributions they have made for the city.
“Nagpapasalamat din ako sa Eusebio family para sa mga nagawa nila para sa Pasig (I also thank the Eusebio Family for all the things they have done for Pasig),” he said.
“Pero ngayon panahon na para sa makabagong pulitika sa ating lungsod (But now is the time for a new kind of politics in our city),” he added.