Eusebio decries election fraud vs. Vico Sotto in Pasig City

Marje Pelayo   •   May 14, 2019   •   12488

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 begins supplemental SAP distribution

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 6, 2020

The Pasig City government has begun the distribution of their supplemental Social Amelioration Program (SAP) to its constituents.

According to Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto, the supplemental SAP distribution will begin in five barangays as a pilot run. Each family, who is in further need of assistance, will be given P8,000.

The supplemental SAP are for the families not listed in the government’s SAP. The Pasig City government also clarified that families not qualified for the supplemental SAP includes: families listed in national SAP, all 4Ps beneficiaries, government employees, couples that are not legally married and have no children.

The head of the families qualified for the supplemental SAP need to present a valid ID as well as the photocopy in order to receive the P8,000 cash assistance.

Meanwhile, Sotto advised its constituents to have patience with their distribution of the national SAP.

“Nahirapan lang din talaga tayo dahil hindi natugma ang guidelines na ibinaba sa atin doon sa available na datos at sistema na mayroon na tayo, (We are having difficulty because the guidelines do not match with the available data and system we have now)” he said.

Sotto assured that those who will not receive the national SAP will still be given assistance through the supplemental SAP. AAC

Pasig City to impose barangay coding for all its establishments, markets

Robie de Guzman   •   April 27, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Pasig City government will implement a barangay coding scheme starting Thursday, April 30 for all establishments and public markets in the city amid the enforcement of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto said they will impose this scheme in hopes of controlling crowds and the interaction of people to stop the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Sotto said they have initially tried and saw the success of the scheme at the Pasig Mega Market where they only allowed residents from 10 barangays each day to go purchase necessities from the market.

Under the scheme, residents will only be allowed to visit the markets twice a week depending on the schedule of their barangays. They are also advised to strictly observe physical distancing.

Based on information released by the Pasig City Public Information Office, residents may only visit the Pasig Mega Market from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. depending on the following barangay schedules:

Monday & Thursday

  • Brgy. Rosario
  • Brgy. Santolan
  • Brgy. Maybunga
  • Brgy. San Miguel
  • Brgy. Ugong
  • Brgy. Dela Paz
  • Brgy. Palatiw
  • Brgy. Sto. Tomas
  • Brgy. Malinao
  • Brgy. Sumilang

Tuesday & Friday

  • Brgy. Manggahan
  • Brgy. Sta. Lucia
  • Brgy. Kalawaan
  • Brgy. Sagad
  • Brgy. Buting
  • Brgy. San Joaquin
  • Brgy. Caniogan
  • Brgy. Sta. Cruz
  • Brgy. Oranbo
  • Brgy. Bagong Katipunan

Wednesday & Saturday

  • Brgy. Pinagbuhatan
  • Brgy. San Jose
  • Brgy. Bagong Ilog
  • Brgy. Bambang
  • Brgy. Pineda
  • Brgy. Kapitolyo
  • Brgy. San Antonio
  • Brgy. Kapasigan
  • Brgy. San Nicolas
  • Brgy. Sta. Rosa

Each family will get a “permit to leave premises” which will be distributed by the Pasig City Police, Sotto said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

Pasig City rolls out food coupon for public school students

Marje Pelayo   •   April 14, 2020

PASIG CITY, Philippines – Parents and guardians on Tuesday (April 14) patiently waited at the school grounds of Manggahan Elementary school to claim food coupons from the local government.

Each food coupon is worth P100 and can be used to purchase goods at Pasig City Mega Mart, mobile markets and in barangay markets or talipapa.

Enrolled students from kindergarten to high school in all public schools in Pasig City are entitled to P400 worth of coupon each.

The purpose of the project, the local government said, is to provide school children with nutritious foods like vegetables and fruits aside from the common relief goods usually composed of instant noodles and canned goods.

Ang sabi nga po ni Mayor, kailangan po na makakain ng hindi lang de lata kundi fresh na pagkain, gulay lalo na, ang mga estudyante, para naman hindi ma-stunt ang growth ng student ng Pasig City, (Mayor [Vico] said it is important for students to eat nutritious foods like vegetables and fruits other than canned goods so that their growth wouldn’t be stunted),” explained Elvie Flores of the Pasig City Human Resources Development Division.

To claim, parents or guardians may present the student’s school or library card or the child’s birth certificate.

LGU Representatives will check the student’s name from the master list provided by the school to make sure that the child is enrolled.

Flores said they initially planned to bring the coupons to the students’ respective households in observance of the social distancing protocol.

However, they are not allowed to access student information such as their home addresses.

“Because of data privacy, hindi po binigay sa amin ang address ng mga bata so hindi namin siya pwedeng bahay-bahayin (Because of data privacy, we cannot have a copy of the students’ addresses so we cannot bring the coupons to their houses),” she noted.

The official assured that members of the City Government’s Office of Public Security were accompanying them to maintain proper physical or social distancing measures on the course of the distribution. MNP (with inputs from Rey Pelayo)

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