Lacson lauds Mayor Vico Sotto for getting US government’s ‘International Anti-Corruption Champions’ award

Published February 24, 2021, 5:22 PM

by Mario Casayuran

Senator Panfilo M. Lacson on Wednesday expressed elation at the inclusion of Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto by the US State Department among its 12 “International Anticorruption Champions.”

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto
(Pasig Public Information Office / FILE PHOTO)

“The bright beacon of the land,” Lacson said in a post on his Twitter account, referring to Sotto.

Lacson also reiterated his hopes that emerging leaders who could run the country would have the same anti-corruption drive.

“At least we have good reason not to give up hoping for our beloved country. As one very successful businessman recently told me – for the longest time, our country is like a boat full of holes that doesn’t sink only because we keep bailing the water out. Nobody has thought of bringing it to a dry dock for repairs,” he said.

Mayor Sotto was one of 12 individuals recognized by the State Department in its new “International Anti-Corruption Champions Award.”        

The award honors those “who have worked tirelessly, often in the face of adversity, to defend transparency, combat corruption, and ensure accountability in their own countries.”