Defensor, Castelo maintain lead over QC rivals

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With a little over two months before the elections, Quezon City mayoral candidate Anakalusugan Rep. Mike Defensor and his running mate Councilor Winnie Castelo have maintained their lead over their rival.

The Pulso ng Bayan poll conducted by the Issues and Advocacy Center from February 9-15 showed that 51% preferred Defensor to be their next city mayor.

Defensor has maintained more than 50% voter preference since the December survey.

His rival incumbent Mayor Joy Belmonte’s score went down from 39% in January to 34% this month.

Castelo on the other hand widened his margin over incumbent Vice Mayor Gian Sotto. His voter preference score increased by one point to 49%, while Sotto decreased by one point to 21%.

Defensor and Castelo thanked Quezon City voters for their continued support not only for them but for their candidates for legislative and other local positions as well.

They reiterated their promise of a proactive, transparent, responsive, and caring city government.

The Defensor-Castelo team’s candidates in four congressional districts have also maintained their big edge over their rivals, while the contest in the two other districts is almost even.

Reelectionist first district Rep. Onyx Crilosogo was garnered 50%, against Arjo Atayde’s 21%.

Another reelectionist lawmaker, Rep. Precious Hipolito Castelo of the second district, was chosen by 51%, while Ralph Wendel Tulfo Jr. was preferred by 29%.

Third district Rep. Allan Reyes scored 50%, against Franz Pumaren’s 30%.

Former Rep. Bingbong Crisologo of the sixth district was picked by 52% over his closest rival, Marivic Co-Pilar who has 33%.

Marvin Rillo trailed reelectionist fourth district Rep. Jesus Suntay, 49% against 46%.

In the fifth district, businesswoman Rose Lin who scored 37% was closely behind Patrick Michael Vargas, who has 39%.