By Chito Chavez
Quezon City Vice-Mayor and mayoralty bet Joy Belmonte has remained up on her toes despite cementing a huge lead over her closest pursuers for the city’s top leadership spot in the May 13 mid-term election.
In thanking her supporters for the result of the recent mayoral survey, Belmonte vowed not to be complacent despite her consistent lead in the polls.
“I thank all our constituents who do not cease in believing in my capacity as a leader in our city. Surveys like this inspire me to work harder so that I can be the leader the people want — the leader who will bring development and progress to the residents of Quezon City,” said Belmonte.
In the latest non-commissioned survey dated April 19-25 by independent research and data analytics companyiSurvey, Belmonte garnered a strong 63 percent voter preference over Cong. Vincent Crisologo and Ismael Mathay III who trailed behind with 32 percent and three percent, respectively.
The said survey covered 15,000 registered voters, aged 18 years old and above from all districts of Quezon City.
The study observed that the poll was “conducted amid a background of contrasting platforms from the two main candidates”, referring to Belmonte and Crisologo.
“I aim to bring progress and growth in our city, where all our constituents could benefit from various programs that we plan to implement if I’ll be given the chance to govern as mayor,” she added.
“Comprehensive socialized housing, crime reduction through CCTV cameras, automated document processing in Quezon City Hall, improved tax collection, better quality of education—all of these intend to bring comfort to our people, and that’s what we plan to do,” Belmonte noted.
Belmonte emphasized her leadership brand has been centered on providing social services and inclusive growth in the city.
Also, Belmonte stressed that she will not be too confident despite her lead in the surveys as she prepares herself for various factors that could also affect the people’s discernment while the election is approaching.
“Despite surveys that show that I’m leading, still, I always feel that you can’t be complacent about these things because anything can happen and any issues can crop up so we always have to be prepared,” Belmonte noted.
Meanwhile, the results of the vice mayoral race showed Councilor Gian Sotto, Belmonte’s running mate, leading with 44 percent while his rivals Joseph Sison and Councilor Roderick Paulate garnered 30 percent and 19 percent respectively.