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No Holiday Spirit in Pasig? Vico Sotto Says Food Is Essential, Not Christmas Lights


Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto rejected claims that the local government failed to instill the Christmas spirit in the city, which was once known for its colorful decorations and holiday lanterns on lampposts during the Yuletide season.

Over the weekend, Pasig City residents shared photos of their Christmas ayuda bags, thanking Mayor Vico Sotto for prioritizing food on the table over Christmas lights on the streets.

“Nagfo-focus tayo sa mga bagay na sa tingin namin, mas importante. Dati, ang nabibigyan lang ng pamaskong handog kung sino lang malapit sa nakaupo. Ngayon binibigyan natin lahat ng household, may pamaskong handog,” Sotto said in an ambush interview with reportrs on the weekend.

The ayuda bags, which did not bear Sotto’s image, were distributed as former Mayor Bobby Eusebio lamented the city’s lack of Christmas lights,

“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…”

Sotto, who ended the Eusebio political dynasty in the 2019 elections, stated that there were fewer streets lit up, and that Eusebio was likely still roaming the city looking for them.

Sotto provided updates on Pamaskong Handog in late November, posting the contents of each bag, which totaled P625.67. Some residents have received them and have informed the mayor via his Twitter account.

“Higit sa kasiyahang ibinibigay sa atin ng pandagdag-Noche Buena na ito, patotoo ang Pamaskong Handog na posible ang paggogobyerno na pantay-pantay ang tingin sa bawat isa, kaibigan man o hindi,” he said.

A distribution schedule is posted on Pasig City’s Facebook page. Condominium residents will also receive a Pamaskong Handog bag.

Eusebio served as mayor from 2007 to 2013 and again from 2016 to 2019. Sotto defeated him in the 2019 elections, ending the Eusebios’ 27-year reign in Pasig City with a promise of transparency and opposition to traditional politics.

Via: Esquire 

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