10 running for QC Mayor in 2010 elections

December 17, 2009 11:00 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 17 -– A total of 10 candidates, two from Novaliches district, are vying for Quezon City’s mayoral post while nine prospects are contesting the vice-mayoralty position in the May 2010 national elections.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Quezon City said among the prominent names running for mayor are incumbent Vice-Mayor Herbert Bautista of the Liberal Party, former presidential chief of staff Michael Defensor of the People’s Reform Party and district two Rep. Mary Ann Susano of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD.

Running as independents are former city mayor Ismael Mathay, three-term councilor and current Quezon City majority floor leader Ariel Inton, and other lesser known mayoral bets Jay Bautista, John Charles Chang, Engracio Icasiano, Henry “Bossing” Samonte of Novaliches and Roberto Sombillo.

Despite the odds, Mathay said that he remains a political threat, saying that he has several bailiwicks in all of the city’s four districts.

Belying concerns about his health, Mathay, 77, noted that he remains as “fit as a fiddle’’ despite undergoing heart bypass stressing that he is still capable of running the city’s affairs.

Inton said he would have withdrawn from the city’s mayoral race if not for the overwhelming support of thousands of his supporters who led him from a benefit concert at the SM North EDSA to the Comelec office at the city compound where he filed his certificate of candidacy (CoC) at the last minute.

“I cannot let the thousands of my supporters who believe in me. They even carried me on their shoulders on my way to the Comelec office a few minutes before the filing of the COCs was about to end," Inton added.

Defensor noted that he is lagging behind but not much in the surveys but the recent issues he raised against vice mayor Bautista might turn the tide in his favor.

He accused Bautista of engaging in alleged anomalous food and drink transactions for the city’s barangays amounting to at least P50 million in one year declaring that the vice-mayor has not implemented any major projects in the city in his nine-year reign in office.

Bautista remained mum on the charges hurled against him by Defensor but said that he is part of the SB team that has implemented numerous major projects in the city including the drug rehabilitation center in Payatas.

“My political advisers told me not to answer the charges of Defensor," Bautista added. (PNA)LOR/JCA

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