Is Monsi willing to face Celso in District 1 Congressional seat? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 11:18

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

The city has still over a month when candidates will file their Certificates of Candidacy (COC). Declaration of intentions, in principle might be believable but there is no substitute for a signed and filed COC at the COMELEC to stop all this insinuations and imaginations. By  the middle of October, the suspense will be over and we will be able to know the “chaff from the grain” or the “the boys from the men”. Right now, numerous answers coming from our politicians is like “probing”. It is only Monsi Dela Cruz who publicly announced his intention to vie for the congressional seat in District 1, a post that is still occupied by Congressman Celso L. Lobregat (CongLo, for short), that many interest groups wantCongLo to stay put in the post, for their interest of course and slug it out with Monsi dela Cruz in a rematch. If we may recall, Monsi was beaten by CongLo, three years ago, but, the consolation for Monsi is, he was not badly beaten, the margin of victory of CongLo was slim and if the campaign period during the last election went a month more, the outcome might have been surprising. If ever CongLo decides for a status quo and ran for re-election, the election in 2016 is worth watching, it will be a clash between proven leadership versus proven charity and compassion.

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The thrill for the 2016 election is with CongLo. If he decides a re-election against Monsi, a clergyman turned politician, it will be like watching an adventure movie and if he decides to run for Mayor and slug it out with the incumbent Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar, it will be like watching a suspense-drama movie and will have a tearful ending after the election because the election plot is a fight  between a brother and  sister and whoever wins might be the cause of a broken family. However, politics “does not have a permanent friendship or kinship but only a permanent interest” . Sycophants (sip-sip) will always choose a status quo for Celso and Beng but carpetbaggers and pundits want the mayoralty post be taken again by CongLo, who proved his mettle and economics when he was the City Mayor a couple of years ago. The decision now lies in CongLo’s hands, not his followers in a consultation, because results of a consultation is not reliable. Some followers sometimes give false information for their advantage. If a dog can bite his master who feeds him everyday, it can happen to some people who are “hungry for power” too.

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The Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that rocked the country especially Mindanao, that President PNoy want both Houses of Congress to approve into Law as soon as possible for a lasting peace in Mindanao is a done deal. CongLo’s vigilance to the provisions of the BBL which according to many legal luminaries is unconstitutional and he fought for it without wavering and has shown the strongest opposition to the BBL from the very beginning, which all law abiding citizens in country supported him  and that catapulted him to the limelight, he can run for any position he so desires in the city. But since the BBL is a done deal, the next fight will be Mindanao as the new “front” and Zamboanga City is not spared. It has always been the “apple of the eye” of lawless elements and secessionist movement, for its strategic position and natural resources. Someone must protect the city right here in the “front” and not at the halls of Congress, where the discussions are terminated. Zamboanga City is spared and outside the areas of the Bangsamoro homeland, according to the BBL. But the quest to take it still lingers in the minds of BBL leaders, including some national leaders, who never witnessed an actual siege and whose homes are far away in Luzon, unreachable by the bullets of secession. Zamboanga City needs in the coming years a modern “Don Rodrigo de Bilbao or El Cid” to protect our settlements of peaceful and law-abiding citizens. It must be someone with a proven firm conviction to protect his domain.

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Monsi dela Cruz from the very beginning of the election season has already made known his intention for Congress and will fight anybody or even run alone as an independent. His past defeat is not an obstruction to serve Zamboanga City as the Congress representative of District 1. In fact, it is an additional experience and lesson in politics. I believe he can make it this time and CongLo must not cut that dream by running for re-election. Many need him at the “front”

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Scoop: “Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly”. or “ You cannot change the direction of the wind, but, you can adjust your sail” and Roman Poet Antonius said “ Unto each life some rain must fall.....” Think of it my friends, but you may agree or disagree.