BEHIND THE LINES:Trio los pols PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 August 2014 13:11

By BOB JALDON

 

What they do is not a job, it’s a calling. Together, they can build something better. Divided, we shall collapse, politically and economically. We have three outstanding political leaders. They have proven their mettle. At the moment, one of them is on hiatus, owing to his defeat in the last election. The rest of the field need to convince the electorate that they can lead...with distinction. Yes, Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar, Cong. Celso L. Lobregat and former Cong. Erbie Fabian. They have sterling track records. With the passing of Mrs. Maria Clara L. Lobregat, these three stood tall and carried the torch for her.

Mrs. Climaco-Salazar is busy rebuilding four devastated barangays and trying to relocate hundreds of displaced families now living in shelters at the sports complex and along R.T. Lim boulevard. Mr. Lobregat, for lack of solid issues and with the take-away of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), is busy making the rounds lecturing on the agreement that proposes to create a Bangsamoro government to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Mr. Fabian, with the temporary absence of politics, is busy polishing his swing with his friends. Lock these three together again and we shall have development.

Mrs. Climaco-Salazar has her loyalists — the chinks, the youth and the religious. Mr. Lobregat has his loyalists — the barangay captains and majority of the kagawads. Mr. Fabian has his loyalists, too, a mix of businessmen, young people and, the most potent of all, media. Their great minds must be re-welded again to make a formidable brain that can think and act for Zamboanga’s advancement. When was the last time these three sat down to discuss progress? They were friends before. I think there’s a bit of falling out between Mrs. Climaco-Salazar and Mr. Lobregat because of 2016. But they can be friends again. Some influential people are willing to broker their reconciliation.

I’m not saying that Zamboanga is bereft of leaders. The legislators in the city council, the pool from which we pick our future leaders, just don’t have what it takes to run a city of almost one million people with diverse cultures and different dialects. They have become more of a group of critics than hall of famers. I will not delve on their integrity, because for as long as man is man he will always be imperfect.

Still, our trio los politicos should come together and stop commissioning pollsters to tell them what their approval ratings are. They are our version of the “Big 3”. Colossal if blended together.

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