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Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto explains why he nixes grand rallies

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Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto was impressed when he got to campaign on a nice-looking stage for the first time.

This was already a big deal for Sotto, who shuns holding grand rallies and spending mega bucks to court voters.

Sotto explained why in a Facebook post.

According to him, what is really important in a campaign is not the entertainment value, but the message of the candidates.

Besides, candidates should be not spending a lot during the campaign anyway, he said.

“Una, sa kampanya, ang mahalaga ay marinig ng tao ang mensahe at plataporma ng kandidato. Pangalawa, bilang kandidato, dapat iniiwasan namin ang gumastos ng malaki. Alam niyo na kung bakit,” he said.

He hopes to change the political landscape in Pasig in order to produce better leaders, he said.

“Habang tumataas ang antas ng diskurso at kapag hindi na kailangan gumastos ng milyon-milyon para manalo, tataas din ang kalidad ng mga namumuno sa atin,” he said.

In the future, he would like to see leaders elected based on their values and competence and without the need for famous surnames or bottomless pockets.

“Pangarap natin na pag panahon na ng mga susunod na henerasyon ng lider sa Pasig, hindi na kailangan ng sikat na pangalan o malaking pera para manalo– PAGKATAO at KAHUSAYAN na lang ang magiging batayan sa pagpili ng mga iluluklok natin sa puwesto,” he said.