Don Vicente Yap Sotto,
Father of Cebuano Journalism, Language and Literature first entered politics as
a Cebu City Councilor. He pioneered the naming and renaming of streets to Filipino
and local names.
This was how Dr. Resil Mojares,
National Artist for Literature, in his book “The Maverick Senator, VICENTE
SOTTO” (first published in 1992 together with Senate President Tito Sotto then
a Vice Mayor of Quezon City. In 2021, Dr. Mojares and Senator Tito Sotto
reprinted the book with the help of the Cebuano Studies Center headed by Dr.
Hope Sabanpan-Yu) narrated the scenes of Sotto’s time:
“In the December election (December
1, 1903) itself, Vicente Sotto (together with Rallos and his elder brother,
Filemon) won as councilor. His election was protested on the grounds that he
was under the age prescribed by law, but the protest failed. In his first
elective office, Sotto applied himself to the job of local legislation
(authoring, among others, the ordinance that substituted Filipino and
nationalist names to the old Spanish names of Cebu’s city streets.)”
Don Vicente Sotto’s grandson and
namesake also followed his footsteps for championing for the provinces. As
Senator, Senate President Tito Sotto in his 1st term in the
senate (1992-1998), authored the following pro-province legislation: RA 8185,
it is the law amending the Local Government Code that requires the President to
first declared an area affected in a “state of calamity”, Sotto’s law eliminated
that requirement for the validity of the expenditure of local calamity funds.
Senator Tito Sotto also authored the
revision of the City Charter of Calbayog and increased the number of the
members of the Sangguniang Panlunsod under RA 8335. Senate President Sotto
authored the cityhood of the following municipalities in Visayas and Mindanao:
RA 8192, Sagay City, Negros Occidental, RA 8297 City of Kabankalan, Negros
Occidental, RA 8489 Talisay City, Negros Occidental, RA 8488, Victorias City,
Negros Occidental, RA 8472 Tagum City, Province of Davao, RA 8471, Garden
Island of Samal, Province of Davao. In Mindanao: RA 8500, Kidapawan City,
Cotabato, and RA 8490, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.
They are so loud and noisy of telling
the citizens to observe health protocols, yet they travel in and out of the
provinces (exempted from quarantine, swab test), attending political assemblies
in the Presidential Palace, Capitols, City Halls and Hotels.
What insults is that the PNP who has
been very zealous in arresting ordinary citizens who violate the smallest and
most stupid covid protocols are the very ones escorting these Gods and Children
of the Palace who are prematurely campaigning.
This is the kicker. Every time covid
rises DOH/IATF/EOC easily blames the ordinary citizens. These Politicians (fake
covid experts) never realize that people go out of their houses to work to buy
food, while Politicians of the Palace and its allied politicians go out to
What hurts is that these protocols,
masks, quarantine facilities, vaccines and everything related to covid is all
about profit and commission never about the welfare of the Filipino People.
Just recently the
EOC Cebu City through its Deputy Implementer announced that there should be no
political gathering. This is the zenith of hypocrisy as all Cebuanos know that
when the daughter of the President, the anointed candidate of the
administration, strutted all the way to almost all gatherings in Cebu. With
entourage from government law enforcement as security back up and the political