Defensor, Castelo keep big lead in QC survey

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By Billy Begas

Quezon City mayoral candidate Mike Defensor and his vice mayoral running mate Winnie Castelo have maintained their lead over their rivals in the upcoming elections.

Based on the survey conducted by The Issues and Advocacy Center from March 7-13, Defensor had a voter preference of 52% while his rival incumbent Mayor Joy Belmonte’s 37%, a 15-point margin.

Castelo meanwhile garnered 55% while incumbent Vice Mayor Gian Sotto has 30% or a 25-point margin.

Defensor and Castelo are advocating for a responsive, proactive, transparent, and caring city government if they get elected.

The candidates for the congressional posts under the Defensor-Castelo tandem were also ahead of their opponents.

In the first district, reelectionist Rep. Onyx Crilosogo had 54% against Juan Carlos Atayde’s 29%.

Second District Rep. Precious Hipolito Castelo garnered 53% voter preference, while Ralph Wendel Tulfo Jr. had 31%.

In the third district, reelectionist Rep. Allan Benedict Reyes was picked by 52% against Franz Pumaren’s 32%.

Marvin Rillo also overtook incumbent Rep. Jesus Suntay, 47% against 45% in the fourth district.

In the fifth district, businesswoman Rose Lin gained the upper hand scoring 38% against Patrick Michael Vargas’ 36%.

In the sixth district, former congressman Bingbong Crisologo was preferred by 51% while Marvic Co-Pilar had 35%.