Eusebio decries election fraud vs. Vico Sotto in Pasig City

Marje Pelayo   •   May 14, 2019   •   13164

Outgoing Mayor Bobby Eusebio (left) and Mayor-elect Vico Sotto (right)
Photo: Bobby Eusebio Facebook | Froilan Calces/UNTV

PASIG CITY, Philippines – Losing candidate Bobby Eusebio refused to yield to Vico Sotto in the city’s mayoralty race.

Eusebio, who belonged to the ruling clan that dominated the city for 27 years, accused their opponent of manipulating the election.

Minutes after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) proclaimed Sotto as the new mayor, Eusebio addressed his supporters inside the Pasig City Sports Center on Tuesday afternoon (May 14) to air his opposition to the poll results.

“Gusto kong iparating sa aking mga supporters din na hindi ko tinatanggap ang resulta,” the embattled reelectionist said.

Eusebio, joined by his wife Maribel, said he will file a case of election fraud against the camp of Sotto.

“Kami ay maglalatag ng protesta laban sa pangyayari dito sa Pasig. Gusto namin maging malinaw, kasi alam ng tao kung sino ang ibinoto (nila). Kung sino ang nanalo,” he said.

“Iyan ay mapapatunayan natin sa ating ipapa-file na election fraud na protesta dahil gusto nating marinig ang boses talaga ng tao at hindi ng makina. Kung sino ang nagwagi dito sa syudad bilang alkalde at bilang representante ng Pasig,” he added.

“Hindi kami naniniwala sa resulta ng eleksyon. Hindi nakita kung sino talaga ang totoong ibinoto ng kalakhang botante sa Pasig City dahil sa mga defective na mga PCOS. Nagkaroon ng dayaan sa paggamit ng mga PCOS machine,” former mayor Maribel accused.

Earlier today on his social media account, Sotto questioned the Comelec why “no one is able to tell us what the reason for the delay (of the proclamation) is” despite their lead of more than 50% of votes.

It was only around 3:30 in the afternoon that Sotto and his party mate Congressman-elect Roman Romulo were proclaimed.

Nevertheless, the new mayor thanked his supporters for the overwhelming support as he promised the Pasigueños of a new kind of governance in the city.

“Sa lahat ng mga Pasigueño, sa lahat ng mga sumuporta sa laban na ito, maraming maraming salamat,” the millenial mayor said.

“Kahit ang mga hindi sumuporta, basta moving forward, ay magtulungan po tayo para sa kinabukasan ng ating mahal na lungsod,” he concluded.

Sotto’s camp is yet to respond to Eusebio’s plan to file an election protest. – Marje Pelayo

Pasig City reports one victim of stray bullet, seizes P700k worth of firecrackers

Marje Pelayo   •   January 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Mayor Vico Sotto reported on Monday (January 4) that Pasig City was able to confiscate more than P700,000-worth of firecrackers and related items from the New Year’s Eve revelry.

Sotto added that based on their tally, only three individuals sustained firecracker-related injuries, the lowest number so far in the city’s history.

He, however, reported one stray bullet injury.

The Mayor said the Philippine National Police (PNP) believes the that the bullet may have come from somewhere in Pinagbuhatan in Pasig, Taytay or Cainta, based on its trajectory.

The victims are now confined at the Pasig City General Hospital.

In December, Metro Manila mayors agreed to impose a complete firecracker ban in welcoming the New Year.

READ: PNP confirms firecracker ban in NCR, warns violators

Despite the total ban, there are still reports of firecracker-related injuries in several areas of the region.

Given the results, Mayor Sotto suggests that the government should keep a close watch on the supply of firecrackers to minimize, if not to fully end, the risks of firecrackers to the safety and health of the people.

“Sa susunod na Bagong Taon, mas kailangan tutukan ang SUPPLY. Kung gusto talaga natin na walang firecrackers nationwide o kahit metro manila, kailangan wala ring mabibili ang mga tao. Maraming nahuli kagabi, pero ang totoo mahirap makipaghabulan,” he said.

Pasig City exempts bikers from wearing face shields

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Pasig City government has exempted bikers travelling in the city from wearing face shields.

In a post, Pasig Transport said they have consulted with experts who said bikers wearing face shields face risk since it would obstruct views and would make breathing difficult.

Bikers are exempted from wearing face shield while biking in Pasig.Evidence shows and consultation among bikers reveals that biking while wearing a face shield is dangerous.

Posted by Pasig Transport on Friday, December 18, 2020

“Evidence shows and consultation among bikers reveals that biking while wearing a face shield is dangerous,” the post reads.

The Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) announced that everyone, including bikers and runners, will be required to wear face masks and face shields at all times in public areas. This is to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). AAC

Pasig City launches free COVID-19 antibody testing for Pasigueños

Marje Pelayo   •   August 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The city government of Pasig City has launched its free antibody testing for Pasigueños to immediately address potential cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

According to Mayor Vico Sotto, a total of 300 slots will be opened to Pasig constituents under the Enhanced Chemiluminescence Immunoassay (ECLIA) test that will kickstart on Friday (August 14).

The Mayor, however, stressed that Pasig residents need to reserve a slot before proceeding to the testing center as they will not accommodate walk-ins and also to maintain physical distance.

The program is on a first come, first served basis. 

Those interested should first call the testing center hotline 0928-2911716 or 0928-2911717.

Sotto said if the launching on Friday goes smoothly, the city government may conduct such on a regular basis. 

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