Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — Pasig City mayor Vico Sotto admits that his first 100 days in office have been difficult. “Ito na po siguro ang pinaka mahirap na isang daang araw sa buong buhay ko,” he said during his first State of the City address.
Only a week after the midterm elections, Sotto already faced poll protests from former Pasig Mayor Robert “Bobby” Eusebio, whose family had ruled the city for 27 years. On Sotto’s first day as mayor, he suspended the odd-even number coding scheme in Pasig. A week later, he made the news again for defending the rights of Zagu workers who were holding a strike against illegal contracting. In August, he led road-clearing operations on public roads, along with other local officials.
Before going in front of his colleagues and constituents for his first State of the City Address, he filed a memorandum that disallows compounding penalties for delinquent payers, adding that in-city housing projects are for the poor and these penalties only aggravate their situation. That same day, he also had a meat processing plant close down for not having a sewage treatment facility.
Metro Manila’s youngest local chief will be talking about his first 100 days further on CNN Philippines’ “Politics As Usual,” with CNN Philippines chief correspondent and senior anchor Pia Hontiveros.
CNN Philippines Life also threw in quick rapid-fire questions about his new role.
The first 100 days have been challenging.
The project I’m most proud of so far is scholarship program for education.
The most difficult part of being mayor is communicating clearly to my constituents.
I want Pasig to be an inclusive city.
If I weren’t mayor, I would have been still in government.
“Politics As Usual” airs on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7pm on CNN Philippines.