Sen. Recto pays courtesy call on Cong. Lobregat Print
Saturday, 27 February 2016 11:40

Senator Ralph Recto called on 1st District Congressman Celso L. Lobregat on his arrival in the City on Friday, Feb. 26 . The meeting, which lasted for almost an hour, was held at Congressman Lobregat’s residence at Nuñez.

In welcoming Sen. Recto, Lobregat was joined by 2nd District Congresswoman Lilia Nuño and Councilor Noning Biel who is running for Vice Mayor.

Recto who was also a former Congressman representing the 4th District of Batangas recalled his close association with then Congresswoman Maria Clara Lobregat. He remembered “Tita Caling” used to give flowers to all the members of the House of Representatives every Valentine’s Day celebration.

Sen. Ralph Recto said that during his last term in Congress (1998-2001) he was also a colleague of incoming Congressman Celso L. Lobregat who continued the Valentine’s day tradition.

Also present during the courtesy call were the LDP-ADELANTE ZAMBOANGA Councilors Charlie Mariano, VP Elago, BG Guingona and Percival Ramos. The following LDP-ADELANTE ZAMBOANGA Council aspirants also attended the meeting were Boday Cabato, Lit-Lit Macrohon, Haj Sandag, Kaiser Olaso, Rey Candido, Lilibeth Nuño, Kit Barredo and Jun Graciano.

Recto said he was in Dipolog City earlier in the day and flew to Zamboanga to attend the Dia de Zamboanga ceremonies and to pay a courtesy call on Lobregat who was his former colleague in the House of Representatives.  Recto served as member of the House representing the 4th District of Batangas from 1992 to 2001 where he met Lobregat who was in Congress from 1998 up to 2004.

During the nearly one-hour courtesy call, Recto informed Lobregat that he had the opportunity to watch his interpellations on the controversial Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). In fact, Recto said, he got pointers on the BBL from watching Lobregat’s deliberations in the House.

Recto was first elected to the Senate, serving from 2001 to 2007. In July 2008 he was appointed to head the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA). He resigned in 2009 in preparation for his return to the Senate. He won a seat in 2010 elections and he is now running for re-election. (Lea LM)