Castelo withdraws from QC vice mayoralty race
By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
Three-term Quezon City Rep. Winston Castelo will no longer pursue his vice mayoralty bid in his hometown.
In a statement, Castelo admitted facing an uphill battle against rival Councilor Gian Sotto who will be backed by stars of the popular noontime show Eat Bulaga.
Sotto is the only son of Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III.
“With sadness in my heart, I announce that I am no longer pushing through with my plan to run for office outside of my district for the 2019 election,” said Castelo.
Castelo’s supposed running mate, Rep. Vincent “Bingbong” Crisologo, was clearly disappointed his decision, hinting that the lawmaker has been pressured from running against the son of the Senate President.
Castelo’s wife, Councilor Precious Hipolito, on the other hand, will be fielded by PDP Laban to replace him in the city’s second legislative district.
“He had made his decision, I can’t do anything about it,” said Crisologo.
Crisologo vowed to still pursue his candidacy mayor of Quezon City under the ruling administration party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP Laban).
The veteran solon will challenge three-term Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, daughter of former speaker and ex-mayor Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr., in the mayoralty contest in QC.
Crisologo stressed that he will announce his new running mate soon, hinting that his vice mayoralty candidate is a former government official “who has a clean record and a popular personality.”