Vico Sotto: ‘Kuya Vener’ was a loyal, ‘ever-smiling’ driver

How important is loyalty to you?
by Drei Laurel | Mar 15, 2021
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Earlier today, news broke out that Pasig City mayor Vico Sotto had been quarantined after his driver, ‘Kuya Vener,’ passed away following a battle with COVID-19.

The young government official made the announcement on Twitter this morning, saying he would be working remotely via Zoom and phone until March 24—two weeks after he last came into contact with his driver.

Hours later, Sotto took to social media again to provide his followers with an update regarding his situation. He also took the opportunity to pay tribute to his loyal employee, saying he could always be relied upon and sharing that he always maintained a good attitude—even when he was reprimanded.

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“Last Saturday, we lost a good friend, Kuya Vener, to COVID,” the mayor shared on his official Facebook page.

“Thank you for your kind messages. Please pray, especially for his family.

Napakabait at maaasahan si Kuya Vener. Si ever-smiling...na kahit nga pinapagalitan na ay nakangiti pa rin,” he added, proceeding to reminisce about the moments they shared together inside a car back when Sotto had yet to become Pasig City’s mayor.

Nung hindi pa ako konsehal at [nag-iisa] palang siyang staff ko, kaming dalawa yung laging magkasama. Sinuyod namin ang mga eskenitat looban ng Pasig nang kaming dalawa lang. Kwentuhan lang habang nasa sasakyan, mula umaga hanggang gabi.

Isang mabuting asawa, ama, at kaibigan. Mahal na mahal siya ng mga tao.”

We send our condolences to Kuya Vener’s loved ones. Safe to say Kuya Vener was one hell of a person, and frankly, we can all learn a thing or two about loyalty from this story. Anyone here lucky enough to be able to relate to this employer-employee relationship?

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