Showbiz personalities, old faces dominate QC council race


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

Actor-turned politician and second district Councilor Alfred Vargas was elected as representative of the newly created District 5 (Novaliches area).

TV host and comedian Anjo Yllana, a former vice mayor of Parañaque City, has been elected councilor in Vargas’ District.

Yllana was reportedly pushed by Sen. Vicente “Tito” to be included in the ticket of Mayor Herbert Bautista, a showbiz personality and former child actor.

Sotto was instrumental in the creation of two additional districts in the city, dividing the former second district into three districts that includes No­valiches and Tandang Sora areas to become two new districts, thus, opening slots for 12 new members of the then 26 member city council.

Sotto’s daughter, Lala, a third district councilor, migrated to the sixth district (Tandang Sora) and was given a fresh mandate while his son Gian was reelected for a second term as councilor of third district.

In the second district, which was left with six biggest barangays in the city (Holy Spirit, Batasan Hills, Commonwealth, Bagong Silngan, Payatas and Fairview) had Roderick Paulate, news anchor and former child actress Precious Hipolito Castelo, wife of reelected second district Rep. Winnie Castelo.

Castelo ran with his niece Jessica Daza-Robes as reelectionists. The younger Daza was the daughter of Castelo’s sister, former Rep. Nanette Castelo-Daza. Alla Robes, a former Bulacan Board member, also ran but lost.

His brother Bobby also won as councilor in the sixth district along with another nephew Carl Castelo who won in the fifth district.

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

Another clan, which still holds council positions are the Medallas. Marcing Medalla served nine years in three terms and passed the throne to brother Toto, now a councilor in the fifth district. Toto’s daughter Ally is now a second term councilor of in the second district.

The Libans, not related to Dante Liban, a former representative of second district who ran again for fifth district, were also reelected. Godie is now a councilor for fifth district while his son Bong stayed as councilor for second district.

The Belmontes were reelected as councilors in the first and fourth Districts, respectively.

RJ and Vincent Belmonte are both nephews of House Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte, who was also reelected and enjoyed a wide margin against his opponent in fourth district.

Jing Villamente


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