MANILA, April 19 (PNA) -- A total of 1,083,912 registered voters are expected to troop to 7,186 polling precincts in 142 barangays in Quezon City, including the populous Novaliches and Fairview areas, on May 13, 2013 to vote for 12 senators and 44 city officials.
According to the Commission on Elections, Quezon City voters will elect a mayor, a vice mayor, six members of the House of Representatives and 36 councilors, in addition to a dozen senators.
Quezon City, the former capital of the country, has six congressional and council districts in this year’s polls, reflecting an increase of two districts compared with the previous elections. This is because of the city’s redistricting last year as provided for in the 1987 Constitution.
There are 186,535 voters in District 1 which has 37 barangays and 1,277 polling precincts.
District 2, although composed of only five but big and very populous barangays, has the distinction of having the most number of voters totaling 234,540 in 1,281 precincts. It covers Barangay Batasan Hills, the site of the House of Representatives, along with Barangays Holy Spirit, Commonwealth, Bagong Silangan, and Payatas.
The third district, composed of 37 barangays, has 130,263 voters in 980 precincts. It includes Barangays Camp Aguinaldo and White Plains.
District 4, which includes the site of the QC Hall in Barangay Central, has 180,789 voters registered in 38 barangays with 1,481 precincts..
The infant District 5, composed of 14 barangays in Novaliches and Fairview areas, has 192,921 voters in 1,186 precincts. This district was weaned from the original District 2 under Republic Act No. 10170 which President Benigno S. Aquino III approved in July, last year.
Another newly-created district in the city, District 6, has 158,864 voters in 11 barangays which have 981 precincts. This district was also a former part of the reapportioned old District 2.
There are three candidates for mayor in QC, two for vice mayor, 14 for congressmen, and 114 for councilors in the coming local polls.
Reelectionist Mayor Herbert M. Bautista of the Liberal Party is being challenged by two independent candidates – Johnny Chang and Henry Samonte (no relations to the author) – who are both businessmen.
Vice Mayor Ma. Josefina “Joy” Belmonte, also a reelectionist and daughter of House Speaker Feliciano R. Belmonte Jr., is being opposed by Rolando Melbida Jota, an independent.
Running for congressman in District 1 are former Rep. and Councilor Francisco Calalay Jr. of the Liberal Party, Rita Katherine Crisologo of the United Nationalists Alliance and wife of outgoing Rep. Vincent Crisologo, and Gary Negru Jamile (Independent).
In District 2 , incumbent Rep. Winston “Winnie” T. Castelo (LP), is being challenged by former Rep. Ismael “Chuck” Mathay III (Independent), son of former QC Mayor Ismael A. Mathay Jr. Castelo is the main author of the QC redistricting law.
The congressional post for District 3 is being contested by reelectionist Rep. Jorge John Banal (LP) and Matias Defensor Jr. (UNA).
In District 4, reelectionist Rep. and House Speaker Feliciano R. Belmonte Jr. (LP) is considered a sure winner against his lone challenger, Albert Hans Corvera Palacios of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino.
Two former lawmakers, an incumbent QC councilor and a broadcast journalist are contesting the congressional post in the newly-created District 5. They are former District 2 Reps. Dante V. Liban (UNA), Annie Rosa L. Susano (Laban Para sa Kapayapaan, Katarungan at Kaunlaran), Councilor Alfred Vargas (LP), and GMA Network Broadcaster Isagani “Gani” Oro (Aksyon Demokratiko).
In the equally infant District 6, Atty. Jose Christopher “Kit” Belmonte, a nephew of the House Speaker, is running unopposed under the LP banner.
For the 36 elective seats in the city council, there are 14 candidates in the first district, 20 in the second, 14 in the third, 14 in the fourth, 31 in the fifth and 21 in the sixth districts.(Severino Samonte/LOR/Media ng Bayan)