Ain’t a carbon copy of Sonny: Joy Belmonte thinks she’s better than pa at politics

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Former House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. may be a veteran in politics, but his daughter, Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, thinks she’s better than him in public service.

In an interview with People Asia magazine, Joy said: “I’d like to believe that in the years I’ve been in public service, I have not betrayed the memory or legacy of my mother. And I’d also think I’m an improvement of my father in that area.”

Joy, however, credits her father for giving the best advice that has guided her throughout her political career: “Always think of the common good.”

The three-term vice mayor explained: “Basically, he said don’t do things thinking about your next election, because, at the end of the day, it’s better to be a one-term mayor who did a lot than a three-term mayor who did nothing.”

Joy said her late mother, Philippine Star founder Betty Go-Belmonte, also helped mold her into an unconventional politiko because she was “very idealistic.”

“My mother fought for good values, and believed only in telling the truth; while my father believes deeply in fairness. So I was raised under that context of seeking truth and living in integrity Both their ideals helped mold me and balance me out,” she said of her parents.