Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto secured another term with a landslide victory in the May 9 elections against his rival, incumbent vice mayor Iyo Bernardo.
Sotto was proclaimed by the Comelec as the winner of the 2022 mayoralty race in Pasig City after getting 335,851 votes, compared to 45,604 votes for Bernardo.
"We are very happy, if not relieved, that we have an overwhelming majority of councilors, we're very thankful for that. Now it will be easier to go about business, yung mga kailangan natin gawin...I believe the city council will now be more vibrant. We're really looking forward to it," Sotto told ABS-CBN.
"'Yung reaksyon ng isang tao, isang kandidato sa resulta is a reflection of the person’s character. Again, sana, ngayong tapos na ang eleksyon, magka-isa tayo hindi para sa pulitika, para sa isang tao, o partido, kundi sa kung ano yung makakabuti para sa buong lungsod," he added.
The 32-year-old Sotto made history in 2019 after ending the nearly three-decade rule of the Eusebio clan in Pasig City. His running mate former Pasig Rep. Dodot Jaworski also won as vice mayor against two other rivals.
With his first term centered on cleaning up local government and establishing transparency, Sotto said he plans to use his second term to maintain what the city has started.
"Tuloy-tuloy lang tayo, kailangan paigtingin pa yung pagbabago. I'm very confident that we will have a city council that is aligned with our vision for clean and honest and transparent governance in our city. Mas mabilis na tayong makakakilos, mas mabilis na tayong makaka-aksyon. Ang gusto naman natin dito, tanggalin ang pamumulitika sa pagbibigay ng serbisyo publiko," he said.
Pasig Rep. Roman Romulo, a Sotto ally, also secured a fresh term in the House of Representatives after getting 304,157 votes.
While Sotto has refused to endorse a presidential candidate in this year's election, his party Aksyon Demokratiko fielded Manila Mayor Isko Moreno as its bet for the presidency.