After being alleged that he “tainted” Pasig City vice mayor Iyo Caruncho Bernardo’s family reputation, mayor Vico Sotto responded: “Bakit ‘family's reputation’.. may sinabi ba ako tungkol sa pamilya niya? (Why ‘family’s reputation’.. did I say anything about his family?)”, with a matching crylaugh emoji.
Sotto tweeted his response on a social card published by Philstar.com, quoting the vice mayor who said that he was seeking legal advice for possible action against the mayor.
“Dumudulog na po ako ng legal advice sa mga susunod na maaari kong hakbang sa kanyang mga paratang sa akin. Ang katotohanan ay hindi maitatago. Ito ay lalabas,” he said.
(I am seeking legal advice for possible action for his [Sotto’s] allegations against me. The truth shall prevail.)
Sotto, in fact, did not say anything about Bernardo’s family. His response was directed to vice mayor Bernardo, after revealing that Bernardo was “not attending any meetings”.
“Sana bago natin pag-usapan ang pulitika, bago tayo mamulitika, magtrabaho muna tayo (Hopefully before we talk about politics, before we engage in politicking, we would do our job),” Sotto said.
Manila Standard reported that in a non-commissioned poll conducted by RP-Mission and Development Foundation Inc. (RPMD) conducted from December 16-23, 2021, 69% of respondents in Pasig City, backed the incumbent mayor, whereas only 30 percent said they will vote for the incumbent vice mayor.
Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own.
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