What millennials can learn from Vico Sotto


Three important Christian values from Vico Sotto

The past election was filled with so much heat. Tension rose even among Christians who was divided between the “Yellow” and those who President Duterte endorsed. Then came Vico Sotto, a welcoming breeze who broke the 27-year rule of the ‘Eusebios’ in Pasig City. His disarming looks and celebrity parents may have helped, but it was the values he represents that made him the better choice.

Victor María Regis Nubla Sotto was born in 1989. He finished AB Political Science in Ateneo with an M.A. in Public Management. He was a Pasig City counselor since 2016. “ViCo” is the son of singer-actor Vic Sotto and the youngest child of actress Coney Reyes. Despite being born out of wedlock, he is proud of his parents. His mom became a born-again Christian when Vico was a year old. Since then, he was raised into humility and godliness.

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1. You can’t fake honesty & sincerity

In spite of little experience in governance, he had the confidence of Pasigueños. Vico’s candor and vulnerability have set him aside from traditional politicians. In his interview with Karen Davila, he poised his track record (so far) as someone incorruptible. It’s difficult to fake honesty and sincerity, and through Vico’s eyes, many saw his authentic self.

Naturally, no one is perfect but by being vulnerable, the imperfection can be made perfect. Vico doesn’t plan to stay too long as Mayor, he believes that “absolute power corrupts absolutely”.

Proverbs 10:9
Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.

Coronavirus response

During the Coronavirus crisis, forward-thinking Vico was praised by netizens with the way he was handling the situation. When asked for his response, he deflected the accolades and asked people not to focus on such, but on unity.

Vico Sotto interview with GMA News, during the Covid-19 crisis in 2020.

2. He sought blessings from his parents

Victor had no political machinery and enough campaign money to fight a dynasty. He felt the strong need for change, “it was now or never,” he said. Vico got the blessings from his parents and likewise sought “wisdom” from his mentors. Above all else, his confidence in the Lord directed his path (Proverbs 3:6). Her mom’s advice was simple, “always seek God and pray”.

Mayor Sotto is old enough to make decisions for himself, but his parent’s opinion will always matter. His Dad’s lighthearted advice was “always listen to your mother.” As his mom puts it, Vico is an obedient son.

Colossians 3:20
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

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Vico Sotto with his mom, Coney Reyes, co-host of the 700 Club (Mayor Sotto Facebook)

3. A praying man

Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks (Proverbs 8:13). In several of Coney’s interview, Vico’s strength was evident because he has a “praying mother.” Evidently, Vico was quick to admit that whatever success he has was because of his dependence on the one true God. As a born-again Christian, Vico was not only trained into being a prayerful son but clearly, he believed in the powers of prayers – within God’s will.

Even as a young boy, Vico has always been interested in politics. He would always have a political opinion on what he sees on TV and would even write about it in school. God placed in his heart to serve in the government and he has always committed it in prayers.

James 5:16
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

Vico Sotto ran as an independent candidate. He was sworn as the 157th Mayor of Pasig City in May 14, 2019.

Godliness and righteousness in the government

Mayor Sotto has mentors in church for accountability and surrounds himself with godly people. More importantly, he is being met with daily prayers. Vico is bullish that righteousness in the government is possible; “I think it’s really important for us to have leaders with the fear and love of God,” he said.

Pinoys clamor for justice and righteousness in the government. To do that, the Filipino nation needs to know that righteousness comes by faith in Jesus, through Him we can bear fruits. Instead of turning against the government, imagine if every Christian was focused on sharing the Gospel? Pray for Christian leaders like Vico, he needs our support.

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