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Pasig City offers loans to help unemployed residents

Jul 10, 2020 - 7:38 PM

Residents seeking jobs or planning to start small businesses may avail of loans from the city government at no interest if they pay within two years, says Mayor Vico Sotto

PASIG MAYOR. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto visits one of the city's quarantine facilities, Rizal High School. Photo from Sotto's Facebook page

In Pasig, fighting corruption yields COVID-19 cash aid for the people

Jul 10, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto began his term by cleaning up the local government’s procurement process and auditing its assets. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, the city had money to help every household, and then some.

STATE OF THE CITY. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto delivers his State of the City Address on July 2, 2020, marking the first year of his term. Photo from Sotto's Facebook page

Vico Sotto says he refused P2 million offered as grease money

Jul 03, 2020 - 3:29 PM

The Pasig mayor announces savings worth P414.7 million after cleansing the city government’s bidding process for project contracts

STATE OF THE CITY. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto during his State of the City Address on July 2, 2020. Photo from Sotto's Facebook

People vs Pandemic: How these mayors’ priorities protected their communities

Jun 29, 2020 - 1:00 PM

Rappler features local governments that have been ahead in responding to the coronavirus pandemic

Pasig bakery suspended after employees spotted without face masks

Jun 24, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto warns local businesses to follow health protocols or risk temporary closure

CLOSURE. Pasig City temporarily shuts down a bakeshop whose employees were spotted without face masks on June 23, 2020. Photo from Vico Sotto's Twitter page

LOOK: Kai Sotto honored in Batangas court mural

Jun 23, 2020 - 9:12 PM

Rapper and court artist Mike Swift paints a mural of Kai Sotto in his hometown in Batangas

SUPPORT. The Kai Sotto court mural is found in Barangay Hugom Laiya in San Juan, Batangas. Photo from Mike Swift's Instagram

Vico Sotto regularizes 100 more Pasig City employees

Jun 17, 2020 - 11:23 PM

'Bigyan natin sila ng seguridad. Ilayo natin sila sa politika,' says the Pasig mayor

TENURE. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto signed the appointment papers of 100 city government workers on June 17, 2020, giving them security of tenure. Photo from Sotto's Twitter page

Vico Sotto says Pasig raised P1.2 billion for students’ tablets, laptops

Jun 17, 2020 - 7:58 PM

'Don't give up school. Just enroll. You won't have to spend extra,' Sotto urges students as schools shift to distance learning amid the coronavirus pandemic

PASIG SCHOLARS. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto poses for a photo with students at the Pasig City Science High School on October 8, 2019. File photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

On his birthday, Vico Sotto tells staff: No surprise party, please

Jun 17, 2020 - 1:10 PM

'Papunta na po akong opis ngayon. Kung may binabalak kayo, itigil 'nyo na 'yan!' says Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto

FOR SENIORS. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto makes the rounds as the local government distributes aid packages to senior citizens. Photo from Vico Sotto's Facebook page

Brian Shaw to coach Kai Sotto in NBA G League

Jun 10, 2020 - 9:12 AM

Brian Shaw boasts of an impressive NBA career that saw him win 5 championships combined as a player and a coach

CALLING THE SHOTS. Brian Shaw says he looks forward to mentoring the new generation of NBA stars. Photo from NBAE

Angel Locsin to Tito Sotto: I hope we don’t get tagged as terrorists for voicing opinions

Jun 07, 2020 - 12:10 PM

The actress is tagged as 'proNPA' – which Senate President Tito Sotto subsequently 'liked'

PANDEMIC WORK. The actress, pictured here (2nd from right) outside the San Lazaro Hospital in early April, had been raising funds to donate tents to hospitals and security frontliners. Photo from Angel Locsin's Instagram

PBA coaches agree: Kai Sotto joining G League a 'good move'

Jun 05, 2020 - 9:09 PM

PBA champion coaches Norman Black and Yeng Guiao both believe Kai Sotto has the skills and dedication to reach the NBA

TALL ORDER. Kai Sotto faces the daunting task of becoming the first homegrown Filipino to make the NBA. Photo from

Vico Sotto: Pasig to open bicycle corridor, offer loans so workers can buy bikes

Jun 03, 2020 - 7:47 PM

(UPDATED) On World Bicycle Day, the Pasig mayor says it is the right time to push for reforms in Metro Manila’s transport system

VICO SOTTO. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto during an interview with Rappler in October 2019. Rappler screenshot

'Palusot ang IRR': Sotto urges DOH to fast-track compensation of health workers

Jun 03, 2020 - 6:31 PM

'While I understand that this pandemic is an unprecendented crisis, let it not be a reason for your failure to do what is expected of you as a secretary of health and the chairperson of the IATF,' Senate President Vicente Sotto III tells DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III

CORONAVIRUS. Healthcare workers cheer as they send off a COVID-19 survivor on May 28, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Ex-Kobe teammate Brian Shaw to coach Jalen Green, Kai Sotto

Jun 02, 2020 - 10:46 PM

Filipino rising basketball stars Jalen Green and Kai Sotto will learn from multi-titled former NBA player and coach Brian Shaw

LEARNING THE ROPES. Kai Sotto gets an introduction to NBA-level of training under the mentorship of Brian Shaw. Photo by Paul Mata/Rappler

Sotto to critics: Only terrorists, supporters afraid of anti-terror bill

Jun 02, 2020 - 4:39 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros and Senator Francis Pangilinan, the two senators who voted against the measure at the Senate, question the urgency in passing the anti-terrorism bill

'READ THE BILL.' Senate President Vicente Sotto III asks critics to 'read the anti-terror bill' first. Photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto encourages biking to work under GCQ

May 31, 2020 - 7:52 PM

Sotto says biking is good for physical distancing as he reminds his constituents that the general community quarantine does not change the precautionary measures government has been implementing against COVID-19

Bicycle riders traverse the newly created MMDA Bike Lane at the north bound lane of EDSA on May 24, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Path for Kai: Non-US players over 7-foot-2 who thrived in the NBA

May 31, 2020 - 3:11 PM

Some international giants flat-out excelled in the NBA and Kai Sotto may want to check their playbook

Vico Sotto: Pasig 'mass screens' barangay with highest coronavirus ratio

May 27, 2020 - 9:20 PM

With help from Project ARK, the Pasig local government runs rapid antibody tests on 10% of residents in the barangay that has the highest ratio of coronavirus cases in the city

RAPID TESTS. Pasig City government employees undergo rapid testing for the novel coronavirus on May 27, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Sarap ng buhay' no more? Sotto orders Bato to attend June 1 session physically

May 27, 2020 - 6:27 PM

After getting slammed on social media over an insensitive remark, neophyte Senator Bato dela Rosa is asked to return to work in the Senate building

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Vico Sotto: We can't let public school students get left behind

May 26, 2020 - 2:55 PM

The Pasig mayor says whether or not physical classes resume, the city is 'identifying funds' for personal learning devices for public school students

VICO SOTTO. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto during a Rappler interview in October 2019. Rappler screenshot

Tim Cone: G League choice 'good' for NBA hopeful Kai Sotto

May 24, 2020 - 4:59 PM

Kai Sotto skips the traditional collegiate route to the NBA and decides to the join the pathway program of the G League

HIGH LEVEL. In the G League, Kai Sotto will have his mettle tested against players who are also trying to make the NBA. Photo by Paul Mata/Rappler

FALSE: Vico Sotto quote on criticizing mayors, barangay captains

May 20, 2020 - 11:30 AM

The Pasig City government's official feedback page on Facebook says the quote is 'fake news'

G League stint to prepare Kai Sotto for NBA jump

May 15, 2020 - 7:32 PM

Kai Sotto will undergo 'NBA-level' coaching and training, G League president Shareef Abdur-Rahim says

BIG MONEY. Kai Sotto is reportedly set to become a multi-millionaire thanks to his G League deal. Photo from

How does Kai Sotto's P10M G League deal compare to NBA rookies?

May 15, 2020 - 5:50 PM

It’s a big first payday for the towering 18-year-old Kai Sotto

HOPEFUL. Kai Sotto takes the first major step toward his NBA dream. File photo from Chooks-to-Go

Kai Sotto has 'lot of upside' – NBA G League chief

May 15, 2020 - 12:06 AM

NBA G League president Shareef Abdur-Rahim says Kai Sotto possesses the traits they are looking for to play for their select team

PIONEER. Kai Sotto becomes the first international player to join the NBA G League pathway program. Photo by Paul Mata/Rappler

Pasig City, Foodpanda team up to give tricycle drivers jobs during pandemic

May 14, 2020 - 2:30 PM

The PandaTODA partnership agreement will give jobs to at least 500 Pasig City tricycle drivers

PARTNERSHIP. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto and Foodpanda Philippines Managing Director Daniel Marogy. Photo from press release.

Kai Sotto officially signs with NBA G League, joins Fil-Am Jalen Green

May 14, 2020 - 10:57 AM

Deciding to skip college, 7-foot-2 Filipino teen Kai Sotto says the G League is the 'best route' to get closer to his NBA dream

Seeking NBA dream, Kai Sotto to join G League – report

May 11, 2020 - 10:04 PM

Kai Sotto will join forces with Jalen Green and become the first international prospect to sign a deal in the NBA G League professional pathway program

TALL ORDER. Kai Sotto seeks to become the first homegrown Filipino to make the NBA. File photo by Paul Mata/Rappler

Tito Sotto trends after he abstains from voting on ABS-CBN reso

May 11, 2020 - 9:57 PM

Resolution No. 395, which asks the NTC to reconsider its cease and desist order against the network, only 'expresses' the sense of the Senate. It does not have the effect of a law.

Pasig crematorium to be operational within the week

May 11, 2020 - 5:33 PM

The Department of Health inspects the facility on Monday, May 11. The Pasig Public Information Office says that the city government 'expedited this project for a most cost-effective management of the dead'.

Pasig crematorium. Photo from Pasig Public Info Office

Vico Sotto peeved by ex-PBA player who cussed at gov't worker giving out aid

May 06, 2020 - 12:36 AM

'Yung sense of entitlement ng ibang tao, grabe talaga,' says the Pasig mayor as he explains why the well-off are not the priority in distributing the city's supplemental emergency subsidy

VICO SOTTO. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto addresses residents on October 8, 2019. File photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Vico Sotto says coronavirus spread slowing down in Pasig City

May 01, 2020 - 3:58 PM

'But we will not be complacent. We’ve seen what happened in other countries where the number of cases spiked again. We just keep fighting,' says the Pasig mayor.

PASIG OFFICIALS. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto and City disaster risk reduction chief Bryant Wong lead the distribution of disinfectant kits to barangay leaders on March 13, 2020. File photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Pauleen Luna pens birthday message for Vic Sotto

Apr 28, 2020 - 5:42 PM

'Thank you for doing your best to be the best father to your kids and husband to me' Pauleen says of Vic

Pasig City to impose ‘barangay coding’ at establishments

Apr 27, 2020 - 10:17 PM

Residents from 10 barangays a day will be allowed to go to establishments twice a week to buy what they need. A dry run will begin on Thursday, April 30.

Residents of Barangay Bangbang in Pasig City on March 26, 2020, queue for farm and seafood products from a ‘Mobile Palengke’ that roams to the city’s depressed communities to lessen the number of individuals going to the public markets. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Senate to convene for session on May 4

Apr 24, 2020 - 3:03 PM

A resolution that will tackle the legislative work in the Senate during the lockdown is being prepared

SESSION. Senate President Vicente Sotto III (2nd from left) chats with colleagues before the resumption of the special session Monday, March 23, 2020. Photo from Senate PRIB

Vico Sotto: Premature to lift lockdown, OK with military presence ‘per se’

Apr 22, 2020 - 3:12 PM

The Pasig mayor admits it’s been difficult to get people to stay home in some parts of the city, and if the military can make people take the lockdown more seriously, then why not?

VICO SOTTO. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto addresses residents in front of city hall on October 8, 2019. File photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Pasig starts distributing subsidy, passes ordinance vs discrimination of virus cases

Apr 18, 2020 - 7:56 PM

Adopting a similar ordinance from the City of Manila, Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto says people who harass suspected or confirmed coronavirus patients, health workers, and other frontliners will be punished

DISINFECTION. Pasig City health workers disinfect persons coming in and out of the City Hall on March 19, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Why a G League stint can fuel Kai Sotto's NBA dreams

Apr 18, 2020 - 11:12 AM

The G League now features a vastly different program from the time when Filipino NBA hopefuls like Japeth Aguilar and Kiefer Ravena were vying for spots

POSSIBILITIES. Kai Sotto now has more options to think about. Photo by Paul Mata/Rappler

FALSE: Vico Sotto quote on who to vote for in next elections

Apr 16, 2020 - 6:19 PM

Sotto did not say the quote attributed to his April 12 Facebook live video

Pasig jails suspects who used fake IDs to get food coupons meant for students

Apr 16, 2020 - 1:40 PM

'Gumagawa ang pamahalaan ng paraan para makatulong, tapos may manloloko at mananamantala pa?' says Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto

MOBILE PALENGKE. Pasig City's roving stores is one way families of public school students may exchange their food coupons for grocery items. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

All Pasig families to receive cash aid but Vico Sotto asks the well-off to waive it

Apr 15, 2020 - 1:29 PM

There’s not enough time or data on hand to identify who are actually needy, so all the city’s residents not on the DSWD emergency subsidy list will receive P8,000, says the Pasig mayor

VICO SOTTO. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto during a Rappler Talk interview in October 2019. Rappler file photo

Sotto asks LGUs to shoulder cash aid for families not on emergency subsidy list

Apr 14, 2020 - 7:40 PM

'Abonohan mo muna, makakasingil ka naman sa gobyerno,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III, who also wants a probe into the national ID system often blamed for the slow disbursement of cash aid to low-income families

CASH AID. National Task Force on Covid-19 chief implementor Carlito Galvez Jr., leads the first distribution of P 8,000 under the government's social amelioration program to residents of Barangay Vitales, Paranaque City on April 3, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Pasig City to cover poor families not on DSWD emergency subsidy list

Apr 13, 2020 - 5:25 PM

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto vows to give cash assistance to families who were cut from the Department of Social Welfare and Development's list of beneficiaries

VICO SOTTO. In this file photo, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto leads the distribution of the first batch of Pamaskong Handog goody bags to residents on November 28, 2019. File photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Pasig City gov't shoulders cremation of residents who die of coronavirus

Apr 09, 2020 - 11:40 PM

Mayor Vico Sotto says that the city government will strictly follow Department of Health (DOH) protocols for cremation

Pasig City health workers disinfects its roads using drone sprays on March 19, 2020. Photo by Joser Dumbrique/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] People to Digong: Sige, i-police power mo nga ang virus!

Apr 06, 2020 - 11:53 AM

Totoong may 'failure of execution' pero bago 'yan ay may 'failure of comprehension' din

Robredo to Duterte admin: ‘Appreciate’ LGUs that innovate to fight coronavirus

Apr 05, 2020 - 2:11 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says the NBI going after Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto and President Rodrigo Duterte's rants vs lawyer Chel Diokno send the wrong message to the public

HANDS-ON VP. Vice President Leni Robredo oversees the preparation of personal protective equipment  sets that were delivered to another batch of hospitals on March 24, 2020. File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Duterte distances self from NBI probe vs Vico Sotto

Apr 04, 2020 - 1:28 AM

'Wala akong pakialam sa operasyon ng NBI, kung ano gusto nila,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

HANDS OFF. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a televised address on April 3, 2020. Malacañang photo

[OPINION] Constitutional basics in a pandemic

Apr 03, 2020 - 11:00 AM

The actions being taken by the government to suppress dissenters are unconstitutional

DOJ 'leaves it to NBI' to decide legality of own probe on Vico Sotto

Apr 02, 2020 - 8:21 PM

'The DOJ will monitor and provide such guidance as may be requested,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

SUMMONED. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto is summoned by the NBI for temporarily allowing tricycles to operate in his city. Photo by Rappler