How does Coney Reyes react toward her son Vico Sotto’s recognition by the U.S. Department of State?
Recently, the young Mayor of Pasig City received recognition for his tireless work ‘in defending transparency, combating corruption and ensuring accountability in their own countries’.
The United States named Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto as one of its global anti-corruption champions. He is among the 12 chosen worldwide to be honored under the new initiative of the Biden Administration.
“Around the world, corruption threatens security and stability, hinders economic growth, undermines democracy and human rights, destroys trust in public institutions, facilitates transnational crime, and siphons away public and private resources.”
But how does his mother, the actress Coney Reyes react toward the new recognition her son earned for the nation?
Reyes may have known the news via her daughter (with Larry Mumar), Carla Mumar, who congratulated Vico Sotto on Instagram.
She then tagged Reyes and said that their mom would once again be emotional about the news.
“Maiiyak na naman si Mama nito Love you Ma!”
Coney has been very supportive of her son when it comes to his advocacy and governance in Pasig City.
When Vico Sotto filed for the Certificate of candidacy (COC) as Mayor of Pasig City, she got emotional at her son’s decision.
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When Sotto took office, the State Department described him as a ‘fresh voice with a new, more transparent approach to governance’.
The U.S. government reviewed the reforms implemented by local city executives one by one against corruption.
“He pledged to avoid any kickbacks in the awarding of city contracts, established a 24/7 public information and complaints hotline, formally involved civil society organizations in the city’s budgeting and policymaking.
“And mandated that the value of all city government contracts be reduced by at least 10 percent – a measure intended to reduce bribery in the contract awarding process.”
Vico Sotto, on the other hand, took to twitter to thank the U.S. Department of State for the recognition that was given to him.
Thank you to the U.S. Department of State for this recognition.— Vico Sotto (@VicoSotto) February 24, 2021
But more than the recognition, I hope this helps raise awareness.
If we want better long-term governance, we need to fight corruption. We have to denormalize it, get it out of our culture. https://t.co/aeMUz3VFKd