In an unequivocal stand against corruption, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto announced the arrest of a city hall employee for allegedly accepting a bribe, during a flag-raising ceremony on November 28. This incident underscores the mayor's ongoing commitment to transparency and good governance, reinforcing his reputation for being tough on corruption, a platform he has been vocal about since assuming office.
Zero Tolerance for Corruption
Mayor Vico Sotto warned city hall officials and personnel that corruption would not go unpunished. The employee, who allegedly solicited and accepted a P10,000 bribe, was arrested under his directive. The bribe was reportedly in exchange for a signature from the Office of the Building Official.
Mayor Sotto confessed that he had personally recommended the now-arrested individual for a position at city hall. But, asserting his no-nonsense stance, Sotto clarified he would not spare even his friends who commit wrongdoing.
Stepping Up the Fight Against Corruption
Mayor Sotto's actions are in line with his commitment to maintaining transparency and fighting corruption in the city administration. His rigorous approach is evident in his decision to apprehend the city hall employee, despite their close association. According to the mayor, the employee initially asked for P15,000 but eventually settled for P10,000. Sotto added that he was unsure if the complainant would proceed with filing a case.
A Warning to All
Mayor Sotto's message, delivered during the flag-raising ceremony, serves as a stern warning to all city hall employees. His firm stance against corruption is a clear indication that no one, not even his friends, would be spared if found guilty of such activities. This incident further solidifies Sotto's reputation as a leader committed to transparency and good governance.