(Metro News) 11 candidates vying for Quezon City’s 2nd congressional district seat

January 17, 2010 1:25 am 

MANILA, Jan. 16 –- Two former Quezon City congressmen and three outgoing councilors are among the 11 candidates vying for the city's second congressional district seat in the May 10 elections.

The congressional seat will be vacated on June 30, 2010 by incumbent Congresswoman Annie "Rosa" Susano, who is running for the Quezon City mayoralty post in the coming polls.

It is in Quezon City's second congressional district, the biggest and most populous in the entire country, where the House of Representatives is located in Barangay Batasan Hills.

Among the aspirants to replace Susano in the House of Representatives come June 30 are former Congressmen Dante V. Liban, also a former Quezon City councilor, and Ismael "Chuck" Mathay III, son of former Mayor Ismael A. Mathay Jr.

Liban, who is running under Ang Kapatiran Party, is the author of the Novaliches Cityhood law which was passed by Congress in 1998 but did not materialize in a Quezon City-wide plebiscite the following year.

Liban also used to be a board of director of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC)-Quezon City Chapter. He is currently the president of the Trinity University of Asia Alumni Association (TUAAA).

The three outgoing city councilors desiring to further enhance their legislation capabilities in Congress are Winston "Winnie" Castelo of the Liberal Party, Voltaire Godofredo "Bong" Liban III (Independent), and Allan "Butch" Francisco (Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino).

All of them decided to try their luck in the House of Representatives after having served for three consecutive three-year terms or a total of nine years each in the Quezon City Council.

The other candidates for the city's second congressional district seat are Walter “Wally” Jimenez of the Philippine Green Republican Party (Pgrp); Jose Christoher “Kit” Belmonte (Independent); Dionisio “Boy” Rellosa Rafols (Independent); Myrleon “Leon” Peralta (Buklod Party); Norma “Sister Norma” Nueva (Independent); and Fernando Silvestre Uy (Alpha Omega 9K Party).

Meanwhile, Mayor Feliciano “Sonny” R. Belmonte Jr. has endorsed "Winnie" Castelo as the congressional candidate of the Liberal Party (LP) in the second district of Quezon City.

The endorsement came as Castelo, who was recently named as “Supremo ng Konseho,” the highest award given by the Quezon City Press Corps (QCPC), led in many surveys conducted in Quezon City last year.

Castelo said the endorsement was an offshoot of a long partnership with Belmonte in the development of Quezon City

He thanked Belmonte for the "chance he gave me to work with him in making Quezon City what it is now."

“I am thanking him again for his renewed trust and another round of partnership," Castelo said.

Castelo strengthened his position in the LP slate in Quezon City led by the ticket of Vice Mayor Herbert Bautista and Joy Belmonte who are running for mayor and vice mayor, respectively.

"Winnie (Castelo) is well loved by his constituents because of his performance at the council. He is more than ripe to take on the challenges at the House," observers said. (PNA) scs/JCA

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