Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto has been en of the most loved public officials in the country since the 2019 Midterm Elections—even by those who live outside of Pasig City.
He’s known for being transparent with how he runs his city, even going as far as streaming bidding for city projects live on Facebook.
There is, however, a limit to how “transparent” one should be, as some “projects” and “programs” are meant to be kept a secret.
Case in point:
Ah lighting lang nung Christmas lights may konting virtual program .. bawal pa Christmas party eh..
— Vico Sotto (@VicoSotto) November 7, 2020
Yup. Mayor Vico just spoiled what Pasig City had planned to brighten up the mood as we close in on the country’s first quarantine Christmas.
Netizens were amused and amazed at how transparent Vico was—perhaps too much so.
Nagtampo na po ang Pasig PIO, Mayor! pic.twitter.com/TgrJ5k7zJw
— A | writing commissions are now open! (@iFangirluke) November 7, 2020
However, the best reply still belongs to his city’s own Public Information Office (PIO):
His response was also quite candid, even going to the point of asking people to “pretend to be surprised” this coming Friday, November 13.
Perhaps that ominous date (Friday the 13th) got to him.
Vico is indeed known for his transparency, doing live video updates every time his city does something for the benefit of its citizens.
He’s also known for posting updates of the city’s infrastructure projects, like this one which lit up Dr. Sixto Avenue:
Mas maliwanag na ngayon ang Dr. Sixto Antonio Ave! 109 LED street lights newly installed along the 3-kilometer road.
Medyo madilim na talaga yung mga lumang ilaw..
Target natin: bago mag Pasko, maliwanag na LAHAT ng main thoroughfares at mga mataong kalsada sa Pasig. pic.twitter.com/tT969CkNpm
— Vico Sotto (@VicoSotto) November 4, 2020
His most recent viral tweet—outside of the spoiler—was this gem:
Laging tandaan na wala kayong utang na loob kahit kanino (lalo na sa politiko) dahil pera ito ng taumbayan. Na-a-appreciate ko naman kapag may nagpapasalamat sa kin pero naiilang ako dahil di ko pera to.
Mag-aral lang kayo nang mabuti, sulit na ang investment ng Pasig sa inyo.
— Vico Sotto (@VicoSotto) November 6, 2020
This tweet has been featured in every major news outlet’s social media account, never mind being retweeted at least 14,700 times, quoted 7,540 times, and being liked more than 68,500 times.
Vico really is setting a standard for public officials—and the rest of them have a lot of catching up to do.