Strong and determined leadership for Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 February 2016 10:54

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

Mayoralty candidate, retired Police General Mario Biong Yanga said in an interview over Alarma,  Bhong Simbajon’s early morning radio program in Tatak RMN,  said that the city is not progressing because of weak leadership to combat all forms of criminality.

“Progress will never come if there is no stable peace and order in the city”. General Yanga also said the leadership must always be “on top of the situation” and not rely on the reports of subordinates, especially if they are not well informed and inexperienced in the security aspect of the city. His past experience as city chief of police for many times and under different city administrations gave him a clearer view on how to combat criminality and lawlessness in the city to protect the citizens and assure the business community of a peaceful business environment to promote more investment and more employment opportunities.

* * * *

To be on top of the situation, the city must be well informed of all aspects of governance. Solicited information from subordinates need further investigation. What is more important and very useful are the unsolicited but paid information from many sources by making use of the  huge “intelligence fund” which should be used only for information gathering and should not be used for other purposes. This was done by the city police during the term of the late Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat and now District 1 Congressman Celso L. Lobregat, where “I was then the city chief of police”. “I lead in almost all police operationd in the city, to know first hand the problem,” Yanga said.

* * * *

Table Talk knew personally General Yanga and we have been sharing information for the city’s stable peace and order situation in many aspects that are for the good of the city of Zamboanga, when Table Talk was Head Executive Assistant and concurrent Secretary to the Mayor of then late Mayor Maria Clara Lorenzo Lobregat. Problems from ambulant vendors, illegal drug distribution, kidnapping, illegal gambling in the city and many more, even presidential visit and national dignitaries that needed security details and logistics General Yanga saw to it that the late Mayor Maria Clara L. Lobregat was informed before anything else.  This is what “on top of the situation” means.

* * * *

When asked that “police work” is totally different from public service, General Yanga answered that police work is public service and he comes from a family of public servants, even his wife is a public servant and his brother was the former Administrative Officer of the Zamboanga City Economic Zone and freeport (ECOZONE). This is the main reason why he is aspiring for the city’s highest position because he wants to serve his constituents being a Zamboangueno whose family roots are the pioneers in the city, in fact, his family owns a farm in the East Coast which he is now developing and cultivating after his retirement.

* * * *

Indeed this coming local election will be an event to watch with the entry of General Yanga into the local political scene and at this early, coffee and barber shops are abuzz with political topics and one thing for sure, it has rekindled the interest of those undecided but wanted change. This interest was bolstered by the public announcement of former mayor Celso Lobregat now running for re-election as Congress Representative of the city’s First District, that “he will not support the candidacy” of his former political ally incumbent City Mayor Maria Isabelle “Beng” Climaco-Salazar. Zamboanga voters are now intriguingly asking, “whom will Congressman Celso L. Lobregat support for City Mayor?” Your guess is as good as mine but remember Congressman Lobregat knows Zamboanga politics like the palm of his hand and well informed and his “aces” are always kept secret.

* * * *

Scoop: It has been proven many times in the past that Zamboanga politics is not always for the money. Real Zamboangueno voters are as slippery as an eel. They get your money and vote for their choice. Only few out-of-town carpetbagger voters sell their votes to the highest bidder. And sometimes your own party mates will see to it that you do not win for their own reasons, because in politics “there are no permanent friends, only permanent interest”. You may agree or disagree but this is the truth in politics, it all depends on your “discarte” or “abilidad”, if you have none of it, forget politics, better go to farming.