Showbiz celebs, ruling clans dominate Quezon City council

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Showbiz personalities and old faces dominated the council race in Quezon City.

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Actor-turned politician and former District 2 councilor Alfred Vargas was elected as House Representative of the newly created District 5 (Novaliches).

A surprise winner is TV host and comedian Anjo Yllana, who was a former councilor of Paranaque City and is now an elected councilor in Vargas’ District.

Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto reportedly worked for Yllana’s inclusion in the ticket of Mayor Herbert Bautista who is also a showbiz personality and child actor.

Sotto was instrumental in the creation of the additional two districts in the city, dividing the former District 2 into three districts that include Novaliches and Tandang Sora. The new districts added 12 new members to the then 26-member city council.

Sotto’s daughter, Lala, a former councilor and last termer in District 3, transferred to District 6 (Tandang Sora) and was given a fresh mandate, while his son Gian was re-elected for his second term as councilor of District 3.

In District 2, which still has the six biggest barangays in the city (Holy Spirit, Batasan Hills, Commonwealth, Bagong Silngan, Payatas and Fairview), the winners included another comedian, Roderick Paulate, and news anchor and former child actress Precious Hipolito Castelo, wife of re-elected Dist.2 House Rep. Winnie Castelo.

Castelo ran with his niece Jessica Daza-Robes, as re-electionists. The younger Daza is the daughter of Castelo’s sister, former congresswoman Nanette Castelo-Daza.

Alla Robes, a former Bulacan board member, also ran but lost. His brother Bobby won as councilor in District 6 along with another nephew Carl Castelo, who won in District 5.

The Castelo clan comes from Miling Castelo, who started as a barangay chairman and was elected council members in the 80’s.

Another clan that won council positions are the Medallas. The patriarch, Marcing Medalla, served for nine years as city councilor and has passed the baton to his brother Toto now a councilor for District 5 who also fielded his daughter Ally, who is now a second term councilor of District 2.

The Libans were also re-elected in different districts. Godie, the older Liban, is now a councilor for District 5, while his son Bong kept his seat as councilor for District 2.

The Belmontes were also big winners. Re-elected as councilors in District 1 and 4, Rj and Vincent Belmontes, nephews of House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte who was also re-elected.

Jing Villamente

 

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