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Playing safe: Is Mayor Joy Belmonte betting on multiple presidential bets?

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By Billy Begas

Anakalusugan Rep. Mike Defensor on Friday disclosed that the camp of his rival Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte is coming out with posters supporting the presidential bid of former Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

In a television interview, Defensor said allies of Belmonte are also supporting Vice President Leni Robredo and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno.

“In Quezon City, si Mayor Belmonte is coming out with posters with BBM. Ako okay lang yun because it’s good for our candidate but ngayon meron din siyang mga leaders for Leni and I think they’re consolidating,” Defensor said.

Defensor said if Robredo has a supporter like Belmonte “magkakaproblema talaga si VP Leni in Quezon City.”

Aside from Marcos and Robredo, Defensor said some allies of Belmonte are for Moreno.

“May conscious scheme sila na some of our leaders will be for BBM, some of our leaders will be for VP Leni, meron din silang leaders for Isko. Now if you do that then that’s a problem because you’re not practicing leadership in your area. Masyado kang nagpupulitika…. I think as a leader kailangan may paninindigan ka,” Defensor added.

Defensor said he will not be surprised if Belmonte gives her full support to Robredo since she campaigned for her in the 2016 vice presidential race.

“Kung kasama mo naman si VP Leni dati at nakita mo naman walang ginawang mali di ba dapat natural lang na sumama ka ulit sa kanya, na tulungan mo siya,” Defensor added.

Earlier, Belmonte has endorsed the vice presidential bid of Senate President Tito Sotto III but has yet to disclose publicly whom she is supporting for president.