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Thursday, 10 September 2015 11:58

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

Incumbent Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar (Beng for short) is very confident, because of this reliable information that Table Talk obtained and it is a “wake up” call for incumbent District 1 Congressman Celso Lorenzo Lobregat, (CongLo for short) who many believe, will stage a comeback for City Hall.  In my previous column, it was written that Conglo’s people’s consultation is somewhat reliable because “birds of the same feather flock together”. However, the consolation for CongLo  is many are still intelligent voters. Ever since, Zamboanga City’s voters will always go for the underdog but it can be broken with a solid and tangible track record of achievements, especially if the impact is citywide. The suspicion of  “money politics” in the city is a myth, because “moneyed” candidates in the past elections, were “dropped like a hot potato” ad in the end in favor of “amor propio”. This coming 2016 national elections, where the country’s voters will also choose another President, money will be spent by candidates especially the administration, by the billions of pesos and may indeed tempt even the most independent and intelligent voter, to sell his vote, at this time of crisis and hardship. Perhaps this might even change the principle of “amor propio” into “dinero con voto se paga”.

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One very surprising information, Table Talk noted, is that most of the new registered voters, especially from the outlying provinces in the south, are mostly women. Where are their husbands and male children? Many suspect that they are here temporarily just to cast their votes and go back to their residences in the province where the rest of their family members are waiting. Or some of the lady registered voters are widows of slain rebels. On whose advantage will this information be? By all indications,  most of the new registered voters are Moros with Muslim faith and Visayan Christians,  Very few are native Zamboanguenos. From this data alone one may have an idea or inkling on whose advantages are these new registered voters. It will now depend on what candidates will do, to get the “lion share” of these registered voters. But remember  “blood is thicker than water”.

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The hotly contested elective positions in the city are the positions of City Mayor and Vice-Mayor. Zamboanga City is one of the richest cities in the country. Even with its present state of unstable peace and order situation, it is still earning and still an investment destination with many tourism potentials of natural sources. We need a City Mayor who has vision and business acumen to manage her wealth and a developer. The City Mayor must also have a Vice Mayor who is well versed in fiscal management and could direct his council to adopt only quality ordinances. This must be the criteria of voters in their selection for City Mayor and Vice-Mayor of the city. The Right of Suffrage must be exempted from corruption, to start a new beginning for Zamboanga City which has now become a “playground” of all sorts of shenanigans and scoundrels

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Zamboanga City must be shared by all tribes who made it a home and not only for the chosen few who control the city’s daily activities or the warlords in our midst who  consider some parts of the city their “fiefdom” .  Those new registered voters in the city must help the city on her recovery to progress by voting for their choice and not follow the dictates of their benefactor who registered them for their own purpose. If this corrupted principle will be followed by the new voters in the city, we will sink deeper into misery and poverty or if a candidate is behind the evil scheme of registering new voters for their advantage, they should be repudiated publicly by the law abiding voters who are still the majority in the city. Take the first and last step now for reformation, this is the only hope of Zamboanga City. The rest are already sold out to the crooks.

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Scoop: There is no second placer in an election, only a first place to win, make your best choice and make it count for the good of Zamboanga City,  The new registered voters can make a difference but it can also bring disaster for the future of the city and her residents. Agree or disagree.