By Veronica Uy
The colossal fight in the biggest city in the metro has taken an interesting turn. For some months now, Quezon City residents have come to accept the idea that long-time QC public servant Herbert "Bistek" Bautista is going to run for the top QC post.
And for some months too, it is said that uber-rich Congresswoman Annie Susano of the city's second district would also be gunning for Quezon City mayorship. (Once, in one of the President's controversial trips abroad which was criticized for the number of um, "congressional aides," in the entourage, she told reporters asking her about it, "The government did not pay for my trip. I paid for my trip. I can afford it. I can even buy the plane that took me here.")
Naturally, despite his years of service, the former Kaluskos Musmos star was said to be preparing himself mentally for a bruising battle that is sure to cost lots of moolah--something he doesn't have a-plenty. He was said to be relying on his track record, performance, and his showbiz background (for the par-for-the-course glitzy endorsements required in Philippine politics).
But guess who is joining the fray now? Political watchers in the city were all agape when former Presidential go-to guy Michael Defensor allegedly stepped into the QC political ring, carrying a huge, heavy bayong (a big traditional Filipino bag usually used when going to the wet market).