Rep. Precious Hipolito-Castelo of Quezon City voted against ABS-CBN franchise renewal
Congresswoman Precious Hipolito-Castelo of Quezon City is running for her second term as the representative of Quezon City’s second ditrict. The district covers five barangays: Bagong Silangan, Batasan Hills, Commonwealth, Holy Spirit, and Payatas.
Her husband, Councilor Winston Castelo, is running to be the Vice Mayor of the city with Representative Michael Defensor of Anakalusugan party-list at the top of the ticket. They are all allied with former Senator and presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr.
Back in July 2020, Hipolito-Castelo was one of the 70 House members who voted to deny the application of broadcast giant ABS-CBN for a new 25-year franchise. As a former news anchor for IBC-13 Express Balita, was it too much for her constituents to expect that she knows the importance for media institutions to do their work without fear of retribution from those wielding political power?
She must have also recalled that during this pandemic thousands of her constituents in DISTRICT TWO including Barangay Batasan Hills and Payatas received relief assistance from ABS-CBN’s “Pantawid ng pag-ibig” program, even though she and her husband seems to have gone missing in action.