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Pasig in, Manila out: Vico Sotto gets city into good ‘housekeeping’ barely a year into term

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Here’s a tale of two cities with new mayors.

Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto jumped in celebration after learning that his city got back the prestigious Seal of Good Financial Housekeeping for 2019, even if he’s just been in power for six months then.

“Yes! Nandito na ang Pasig!,” the politiko said. “Hindi ito nakuha ng Pasig nung 2018. Patunay ito sa mga pagbabagong pinapakilala natin sa lokal na pamahalaam. We now meet public accounting and auditing standards.”

This is a big departure from how Mayor Isko Moreno took it upon learning that Manila did not make the cut. He attributed the rejection to the fault of Erap Estrada’s time in the city hall, which he said was taking time to clean up.