Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto has been named by the US State Department as among the world’s anticorruption champions.
The 31-year-old local chief executive is among a dozen “brave individuals” given the International Anticorruption Champions Award launched by Secretary of State Antony Blinken to “recognize individuals who have demonstrated leadership, courage, and impact in preventing, exposing and combating corruption.”
The young leader “is a standard-bearer for a new generation of Philippine politicians who prioritize anticorruption and transparency initiatives in their election campaigns and in office,” the agency said.
Sotto first entered public service as a city councilor in Pasig in 2016. He ran for mayor in the 2019 polls and dethroned the Eusebio family, which has held the Pasig mayoralty for nearly three decades.
The mayor also vowed to fight kickbacks in the awarding of government contracts, among others.