‘Ayuda, hindi Paskotitap’: Sotto responds to Eusebio’s ‘Christmas lights’ comments

Published December 4, 2021, 6:13 PM

by Manila Bulletin

By Khriscielle Yalao

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto responded to the comments made by former city chief executive Robert “Bobby” Eusebio on his official Facebook page on Dec. 2 about the lack of Christmas lights and decorations in the city.

Pasig City was known for its “Paskotitap” Christmas celebrations with lavish light displays and float parades.

Eusebio first posted his commendations on the Christmas preparations made by the local governments of Quezon City, Manila, Makati City, and Rizal on Dec. 1.

It was then followed by a post the next day that read: “Parating na siya si Hesukristo ang ating manunubos. Pasig, Ano na ang nangyari? Walang parol? Walang kumukutitap sa kalsada? Hindi maramdaman ang diwa ng Pasko. Pandemic pa din ba ang dahilan? Dito sa atin, ito ang makikita sa ating Lungsod…” (Jesus Christ, our redeemer, is coming. Pasig, what happened? No parols? No twinkling lights on the street? You can’t feel the spirit of Christmas. Is the pandemic still the reason? This is what you see in our city.)

The post was accompanied by photos of a walk-way adorned with Christmas lights, and two photos of a road and the Andres Bonifacio monument with no Christmas lights.

Sotto said in an interview with ABS-CBN News that there are Christmas lights around the city, though they are few, and Eusebio might not have been able to look around the whole city.

“Pero nagpo-focus tayo sa mga bagay na tingin natin ay mas importante. Halimbawa, dati ang nabibigyan lang ng Pamaskong Handog kung sino ‘yung malapit sa nakaupo. Ngayon binibigyan natin bawat household, may Pamaskong Handog. Lahat ng bahay dito, lahat ng bahay sa 30 barangay ng Pasig, bawat pamilya nabibigyan po ngayon. So, iyan ‘yung hinahanap din ng tao. Ako, bilang mayor, kung ano ‘yung mas gusto ng tao, iyon ‘yung binibigay natin using their funds. So hindi lang kung ano ‘yung gusto ko, kundi ano ‘yung gusto ng tao.” (We’re focusing on things we think are more important. For example, in the past, only people who were acquainted with the mayors received the Pamaskong Handog. Now, we’re giving every household a Pamaskong Handog. In all the houses in the 30 towns in Pasig, every family is being given one. That’s also what the people want. As a mayor, we give whatever the people want more using their funds. It’s not just what I want, but what the people want.),” Sotto explained.

The Pasig City local government began the Pamaskong Handog 2021 project on Nov. 29 as part of its annual holiday “ayuda” program, distributing food gift bags to all families residing in the city.

 
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