BEHIND THE LINES: Titans PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 June 2014 11:30



From all indications and the alignment of the stars, Mayor Ma. Isabel “Beng” Climaco-Salazar is running for re-election in 2016 against come-backing Cong. Celso L. Lobregat. There’s nothing stronger than a woman’s heart, it is said. That’s why they sometimes die like martyrs for the cause of truth and justice, like Joan of Arc.

If this scenario turns out to be true, then it would be round three for the Climaco-Lobregat historia. In 1982, Cesar C. Climaco, campaigning only with candies, bread and ‘pancit’, trounced Mrs. Maria Clara L. Lobregat and Joaquin F. Enriquez, Jr. in the national assembly elections. In 1989, Mrs. Lobregat turned the tables on Climaco’s son, Julio Cesar, in the congressional race, One-all. Since then, the Climacos and the Lobregats have become allies after the assassination of the older Climaco, Up to now, we still don’t know who pulled off the hit. Task Force Camias formed by Malacanang to investigate the assassination was not conclusive in its findings.

It now becomes a game of chess — play the fiancheto to protect the king from the advancing knight and bishop, or play the queen’s gambit declined, Anatoly Karpov’s favorite defensive line  when playing the black pieces.High-level members of the press feel the “battle of the titans” emerging in 2016. Two undefeated politicians trying to make history. “Medusa” vs. “The Kraken” is a nice label for round three.

If this happens, Cesar Ituralde will be Mr. Lobregat’s running mate. By my “guesstimate”, and noticing his face on television more often than shouldn’t, Mr. Mannix Dalipe will be Mayor Salazar’s second. Or, if Vice President Jejomar Binay is picked by the administration by a stoke of fate as its presidential bet, Attorney Rommel Agan will run alongside Mrs. Salazar. Interesting, isn’t it?

The issue will remain the same: better peace and order, something that we have not enjoyed since Presidential Decree1081. There were more wholesale killings during the Marcos dictatorship than all the the crimes put together now. Today, feuding families from the far south are turning our streets into a slaughterhouse. Do you think the killing of a hotelier two weeks ago will end the bloodbath? There’s nothing law-enforcers can do about it because the capers are mafia-style that it can snap any moment. Burn notices are out for certain individuals. It’s just a matter of time and opportunity of target that the contracts will be carried out with impunity by the mechanics (assassins).

Going back to the Salazar-Lobregat tiff, the younger Climaco, “Rini”, took it in the chin in 1989 because of a sweet embrace with MNLF chieftain Nur Misuari. So did Mayor Vit Agan in 1998 (a friendly handshake with Misuari in one of the 11 islands). Both Salazar and Lobregat know that making friends with Misuari, a wanted man for ordering the bloody attack on Zamboanga September of last year, is a political death sentence.