"Should I skip the line because my brother is a mayor?"
LA Mumar, the elder brother of Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto, made this statement on Tuesday, April 13, as he explained why he and his wife have not yet been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus.
On Twitter and Instagram Stories, LA shared a quote card of Vico's earlier statement that the local government of Pasig isn't giving special treatment to anyone in its COVID-19 vaccination program, noting that even their mother, veteran actress Coney Reyes, has yet to receive the jab despite being a senior citizen with comorbidities.
"Nanay ko nga mismo hindi pa nababakunahan. 67 years old po ang nanay ko, may comordibities din po siya... Walang palakasan, dumaan po sa tamang proseso. Nag-fill up siya ng form. Hinihingi pa nga niya sa 'kin 'yung link, sabi ko, 'Ma, tingnan mo na lang sa PIO,'" said Vico.
Should i skip the line cause my brother is a Mayor? pic.twitter.com/QKs8zO1GSd— LA Mumar (@LA_Mumar) April 13, 2021
In his caption, LA said: "I rarely post anything political but to all of you asking/wondering why my wife and I have NOT BEEN VACCINATED YET since my brother is the Mayor.
"My mom didn't skip the line. Vico didn't skip the line. Why would I?
"Sabi OK lang 'yan kasi life and death daw? So what? Shouldn't we hold on to our values more, when things are difficult?"
LA, who has three kids with his wife Macy Mendoza, said he wants to set a good example not just to his sons but to other people around him.
"What will I tell my children? It's OK to do something illegal because it's convenient? My 3 boys are watching me, people around are watching, and most importantly, God is, too," he said.
"I'm not a mayor like my bro, but we can do our part and choose what is right. One person, one family at a time," he continued.
"THERE IS HOPE FOR OUR COUNTRY!!!" he added.
LA is the son of Coney with basketball player Larry Mumar, while Vico is the actress' son with veteran comedian Vic Sotto.
The Philippine government has so far received over 3 million doses of vaccines from Sinovac and AstraZeneca. As of Tuesday, April 13, over 1.2 million doses have been administered.
To date, the country has recorded a total of 884,783 COVID-19 cases, including 15,286 deaths, 703,963 recoveries, and 165,534 active cases, one of the highest caseloads in Asia.