QC’s Mayor Belmonte seeks new term, faces Defensor in 2022

QUEZON CITY MAYOR Joy Belmonte files her CoC for mayor with Vice Mayor Gian Sotto as runningmate.

By Claire Morales True

QUEZON CITY – Quezon City Mayor Josefina Joy Belmonte has filed her certificate of candidacy for her second term as the city’s local chief executive.

Belmonte filed her CoC before the local Commission on Elections under the Serbisyo sa Bayan Party.

Belmonte, daughter of long-time mayor and Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., will be facing Anak Kalusugan Rep. Mike Defensor.

Belmonte’s runningmate is again Vice Mayor Gian Sotto. Congressman Winnie Castelo is expected to battle it out with Sotto.

Before being elected city mayor in 2019, Belmonte served as Quezon City vice mayor for three terms from 2010 to 2019.

Included in the Defensor’s congrressional ticket is Rose Lin, a controversial executive of Pharmally Biological, who is running as 5th district representative.

Lin previously attended a Senate probe to shed light on Pharmally Biological’s supposed links to Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp. which is under fire for alleged anomalous purchases of face masks, face shields, and personal protective equipment.

Defensor previously served as city councilor and congressman of Quezon City. He was also a Cabinet member during the administration of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Belmonte, running under the Serbisyo sa Bayan party, said if she wins again, she will continue efforts to revive the city’s economy affected by the pandemic.

“My other priority includes housing and security of land tenure for our QCitizens, as part of the overall 14-point agenda that our administration has outlined,” Belmonte said in a statement.

Her 14-point agenda for the city of about 2.9 million people include human and social services, economic development, environment, and climate change, infrastructure, and institutional development.