QC District V – Solons 2 former solons eye return to Congress in May 13 polls in infant QC district

April 18, 2013 2:41 am 

MANILA, April 17 –- Two former lawmakers, an incumbent Quezon City councilor and a broadcast journalist are vying for the congressional seat in the newly-created District V in Novaliches, Quezon City in the May 13, 2013 elections.

They are former Representatives Dante V. Liban and Annie “Rosa” L. Susano, Councilor Alfred Vargas and GMA Network/Channel 7 broadcaster Isagani “Gani” Hallig Oro.

Liban is running under the banner of the United Nationalists Alliance UNA), Susano under the Laban Para sa Kapayapaan, Katarungan at Kaunlaran (KKK), Vargas under the Liberal Party, and Oro under the Aksyon Demokratiko.

Aside from being former members of the House of Representatives, both Liban and Susano were also former QC councilors. The first served as councilor from 1988 to 1992 and the second from 2001 to 2004.

In the May 1992 elections, Liban ran for the city’s second congressional district and won over then reelectionist Rep. Antonio A. Aquino. He held the congressional post for three successive three-year terms from 1992 to 2001.

Susano, on the other hand, after serving as city councilor for a single term from 2001 to 2004, ran for Congress in May 2004 and won over then reelectionist Rep. Ismael “Chuck” Mathay III, a son of former QC Mayor Ismael A. Mathay Jr.

She was reelected in May 2007 and held office until June 30, 2010. She ran for mayor in the May 2010 local elections, but lost to Mayor Herbert M. Bautista.

Vargas was elected to the QC Council in May 2010. One of the six councilors representing the then still undivided QC District II, he opted to vie for the infant congressional District V post in next month’s polls.

Oro, who is a total neophyte in politics, used to host the “Mr. Public Service ng Bayan – Aksyon Oro Mismo” program in GMA Network Radio Station DZBB before he went on leave during the current poll campaign period. He has adopted the attention-catching campaign slogan “Dapat Bagong Mukha sa Bagong Distrito” (new face for a new district).

The infant QC District V and District VI were created under Republic Act No. 10170 which was signed into law by President Benigno S. Aquino III in July 2012. Both new districts were weaned from the old District II which was previously composed of 30 big and populous barangays.

Prior to the redistricting, Quezon City, the former Philippine capital, only had four districts with an equivalent number of congressmen representing about 2.5 million constituents in Congress. The redistricting law did not affect the other three old congressional areas of the city – the first, the third and the fourth districts.

Quezon City now has six congressional districts, the same as Manila, the present national capital. One congressman and six councilors are elected in each district.

The new District V is composed of 14 populous barangays. These are: Barangays Novaliches Proper, Bagbag, Capri, Greater Lagro, Gulod, Kaligayahan, Nagkaisang Nayon,North Fairview,Pasong Putik Proper, San Agustin.San Bartolome, Santa Lucia, Santa Monica, and Fairview.

On the other hand, District VI has 11 barangays, namely: Barangays Apolonio Samson, Baesa, Balong Bato, Culiat, New Era, Pasong Tamo, Sangandaan, Sauyo, Talipapa, Tandang Sora, and Unang Sigaw.

The original District II is now composed of five big but very populous barangays, including Batasan Hills, the site of the House of Representatives. The other barangays covered by this district currently represented in Congress by Rep. Winston “Winnie” T. Castelo are Barangays Bagong Silangan, Commonwealth, Holy Spirit, and Payatas.

Contesting the District II congressional post are Castelo, the main author of the redistricting law, and former Rep. Ismael “Chuck” Mathay III. Castelo is running under the Liberal Party while Mathay is an independent.

In the infant District VI, lawyer Jose Christopher “Kit” Belmonte, a nephew of House Speaker and former Quezon City Mayor Feliciano Belmonte Jr., is running unopposed under the Liberal Party banner. In his first try in politics in 2004, the young Belmonte was not lucky enough to gain a seat in Congress for the then District II.

In District I, running for Congress are former Councilor Francisco Calalay Jr. (LP), Rita Catherine Crisologo, wife of outgoing Rep. Vincent Crisologo (under the UNA banner), and Gary Negru Jamile , independent.

The rival candidates in District III are reelectionist Rep. Jorge John Banal (LP) and Matias Defensor Jr. (UNA).

Speaker Belmonte (LP) is being opposed in District IV by Alberto Hans Corvera Palacios of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino. (PNA)

CTB/SCS/SSC

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