House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. of Quezon City is optimistic that Quezon City Mayor Herbert “Bistek” Bautista will win a Senate seat if the latter decides to run next year.
Belmonte, Bautista’s predecessor, on Friday noted that his protégé is in a good position to bag a Senate slot being a former actor and a long-time public servant of Quezon City.
Bautista was an actor from 1977 before he entered politics in 1986 as a Kabataang Barangay president en route to being a councilor in 1992. He has since worked as a full-time politician but still dips his hands in acting from time to time.
“Herbert has a good chance of winning [a Senate seat]. “It’s tough to manage one of the biggest cities in the country, and he is also popular being an actor,” Belmonte, the vice chairman of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) where he and Bautista belong, told reporters.
Bautista served as Belmonte’s vice mayor in Quezon City–the largest city in Metro Manila–for nine years before Bautista finally took over the Quezon City mayorship in June 2010.
A recent survey showed Bautista ranking 20th among possible senatorial hopefuls with a 32.3 percent rating.
“One slot in the LP Senate slate is definitely reserved for him,” Belmonte said.
Bautista can still seek reelection as Quezon City mayor for one more term in 2016 should he decide to forego a Senate run.
Hisv vice mayor since 2010 has been Belmonte’s daughter, Joy Belmonte.
The ruling party is expected to announce its 12-strong Senate line-up as well as its vice presidential bet on October 5.
So far, only four old hands are shoo-ins in the LP Senate slate namely: Senators Franklin Drilon, Ralph Recto and Teofisto Guingona 3rd, as well as former Sen. Francis Pangilinan.