The decision of Anakalusugan Party-list Representative Mike Defensor on Monday, October 14, to run for the mayoral position in Quezon City in the upcoming 2022 elections received disdain from netizens and personalities.
Defensor will file his certificate of candidacy (CoC) either on October 7 or 8.
His decision to run for mayor met objections by many, including Twitter personality Kathrina Sanchez who, in all caps, tweeted, “HELL NO.”
HELL NO. https://t.co/2wDRFmLECw
— Kathrina Sanchez (@kathrinavs) October 4, 2021
QC residents, who are Kapamilya supporters, got reminded by The PinoyAko Blog publisher and a TV personality not to forget what the Congressman did to the Network last year.
Dear Kapamilya na sa QC nakatira,
Huwag niyo itong iboto. Never forget kung paano binaboy ng taong ito ang hearing noong ABS-CBN franchise renewal.
— PinoyAkoBlog (@PinoyAkoBlog) October 4, 2021
Mga Kapamilya, isa yan sa mga NAGPASARA sa ABS-CBN.
Never forget. https://t.co/h7Z0UABgcS
— Justin Dizon (@iamjustindizon) October 4, 2021
During the height of ABS-CBN’s bid for its franchise renewal, Defensor was among the lawmakers who strongly opposed the Network to have its fresh, 25-year license to broadcast.
He even went as far as to appeal to Presidential candidates back on September 23–to put the renewal of the Kapamilya Network’s franchise a non-priority.
Filmmaker Antoinette Jadaone could not believe the audacity of Defensor to run as mayor, knowing that Quezon City was the headquarters of ABS-CBN.
ANG KAPAAAAAAAAAAL https://t.co/O1TWVyHFKp
— #ExtendTheReg (@tonetjadaone) October 4, 2021
Journalist Raissa Robles opposed Defensor’s decision to run as mayor of Quezon City.
She even pointed that the lawmaker does not deserve her vote.
I will campaign against Mike Defensor bec he is running as mayor of my city. Nainterview ko na siya before when he was a politician on the rise. Sayang sya. He doesnt deserve my vote. https://t.co/aoypgJImD2
— Raissa Robles (@raissawriter) October 4, 2021
Even Netizens urged Kapamilya fans to “campaign against” Defensor.
every kapamilya should campaign against this guy https://t.co/H0FrRx4u3w
— John Laurence Domingo (@jlaurence) October 4, 2021
After what you said during the ABS-CBN Franchise hearing?! Kapal ng mukha mo. DO NOT VOTE FOR HIM!!! 🤮🤮🤮 https://t.co/LE5ai4tZEi
— LABANLENI🎀🎀🎀 (@marcosnotahero_) October 4, 2021
A Netizen even said that Quezon City residents could finally get their revenge against Defensor this upcoming election.
— Luis (@choco_yeey) October 4, 2021
Other netizens also consider the current QC mayor, Joyce Belmonte as the suitable leader of the city rather than Defensor since, according to them, she showed and maintained “strong leadership.”
kaya q pa magtiis kay joy kesa sa putanginang toh https://t.co/vXl5EKwvss
— . (@dadehhhh) October 4, 2021
Despite all of your efforts and misogyny to discredit Mayor Joy Belmonte, she has delivered and maintained a strong leadership. So choosing between her and this Ivermectin-propagandist and anti-press freedom lord should be EASY.
Mayor Joy pa rin sa 2022. https://t.co/WwRV0lN2xe
— Amber 🦋 | #TheLastTime (Taylor's Version) (@geeyanii) October 4, 2021
Sa mga kaibigan ko sa QC, huwag ninyong iboboto si Defensor. Nakita nyo naman kung ano ang ginawa niya sa ABSCBN. Maraming nawalan ng trabaho dahil sa kanya
— DocHappy🎗 (@iamtix95) October 4, 2021
Defensor will have Congressman Winnie Castelo as his running mate.