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Correct quote, wrong context: Vico Sotto sets record straight on viral statement

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Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto has accused “dilawans” or people allied with the Aquino administration of twisting his words to cast President Rodrigo Duterte in a bad light.

Sotto set the record straight on his statement on families elected to political posts, which have become the subject of social media posts against Duterte.

In a May 28, 2020 interview, Sotto said: kung magaling kang leader, mapapasa mo sa susunod na leader. Ibig sabihin may continuity na hindi ‘yong anak mo lang o ano — ibig sabihin may mga bagong leader rin.”

“Hindi lang naman isang tao ang magaling eh. Hindi lang isang pamilya ang magaling. Let’s find those young leaders. Let’s find those next generation leaders who will be better than me, who will be better than me, than the leaders that we already had,” he added.

Sotto’s remarks became relevant amid talk of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte possibly running for president.

However, the mayor said in a Facebook post that he wasn’t referring to any family when he made the statement.

“Maaaring totoo ang quote, pero last year pa at HINDI presidential elections ang topic!! Misquoted ng ibang Dilawan group para sumakto sa naratibo nila.. kaso lang, naniwala ang iilang supporters ng Presidente at kaya nagalit,” Sotto said.

The mayor said he had to clarify the context of his statement to let people know that fake news abounds and will continue to do so in the run up to the 2022 elections.

“Maging mapanuri. Hindi porket gusto (o ayaw) mo ang quote ay totoo na,” he said.

Sotto said he’s also too busy running the city to bother himself with national issues.

“Dito sa Pasig, WORK MODE lang tayo. Wag nating intidihin ang maiingay na boses na mahilig gumawa ng intriga. Sa lungsod pa lang, ang dami na nating kailangan gawin; hindi ngayon ang panahon para makikisawsaw sa national politics,” he said.