DISTRICT 2 Councilor Winnie Castelo has maintained his lead in the Quezon City vice mayoral race over incumbent Gian Sotto in the latest Pulso ng Pilipino survey.
The poll, conducted by The Issues and Advocacy Center last Jan. 10-16, showed that 48 percent of respondents preferred Castelo, stalwart ng Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD), while Sotto’s voter preference remained at 22 percent.
In the mayoral contest, Castelo’s running mate Mike Defensor also kept his lead over incumbent Joy Belmonte.
Defensor was picked by 53 percent, gaining two percent from last month, while 39 percent said they would vote for Belmonte.
Castelo thanked Quezon City residents for their continued support for him, Defensor and the rest of their Malayang Quezon City ticket.
“We assure them that we can offer a proactive and transparent leadership, one that promptly addresses their concerns. We will hit the ground running because we know the problems of Quezon City,” the vice mayoral candidate said.
Most of the Defensor-Castelo team’s candidates in the city’s six congressional districts also maintained or even widened their lead over their rivals.
Reelectionist Rep. Onyx Crisologo of the first district, who belongs to the Malayang Quezon City ticket, padded his voter preference by three percent to 49 percent, against Juan Carlos Atayde’s 24 percent. Another reelectionist House member, Precious Hipolito Castelo of the second district, increased her margin by seven percent to 25 percent. She was chosen by 50 percent of respondents, while the survey rating of her closest opponent, Ralph Wendel Tulfo Jr., did not move at 25 percent.
In the third legislative district, another Malayang Quezon City candidate, reelectionist Rep. Allan Reyes, was preferred by 47 percent against Franz Pumaren’s 28 percent.
It was still a close fight in the fourth congressional district, with Marvin Rillo of the Defensor team trailing incumbent Rep. Jesus Suntay by three percent, 45 percent against 48 percent.
It was a toss-up as well in the fifth district between Patrick Michael Vargas (39 percent) and Malayang Quezon City’s Rose Lin (36 percent).
In the six district, former Congressman Vincent Crisologo remained ahead of Marivic Co-Pilar, 51 percent against 29 percent.
The Issues and Advocacy Center is composed of professional public relations and media practitioners. Its Quezon City poll was part of a wide survey in Metro Manila.