Conglo vs. Monsi, election thrilla in Zamboanga PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 March 2016 13:32

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

The local election contest to watch is in Zamboanga City’s  first congressional district, between incumbent Congressman Celso Lorenzo Lobregat, popularly called by his supporters as “Conglo” and two times contender Crisanto “Cris” Dela Cruz, who adopted a moniker “Monsi” for being a former catholic priest with the rank of Monsignor. Everybody from the city’s District 1 knows that Conglo and Monsi already slugged it out politically in the past, with Monsi losing the election but with a very small negligible margin. But after an election, numbers are insignificant, because there is no second place in an election. This election 2016 is a “rematch”, and this time numbers and money mean a lot to be in the first place.

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If information are true even without confirmation, Conglo and Monsi will fight it out to the finish. Conglo’s political camp is supported by many Manila based influential business communities and some of the big names in the country’s business circle. Conglo, being a scion of Lobregat, Lorenzo and Rafols, is a close family friend of the old pioneering families of the country, like the Roxas, Aranetas, and Abotiz to name some. These influential clans cannot just turn their back to a fellow combined, “Peninsulare” and “Insulare” plus the fact that he is nationally accepted as one of the country’s avid supporters of the Philippine Constitution, who fought “tooth and nail” for Zamboanga City against the BBL the MOA AD. Perhaps one reason why LP standard bearer,Mar Roxas interceded to patch a brewing misunderstanding that almost caused the break-up of the Beng Climaco-Salazar and Celso Lobregat political alliance in the first phase of the election season.

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On the other side of the fence, Monsi Dela Cruz , information say, has the full support and backing of the influential Catholic Church and campaign contributions from his Visayas connection of rich family clans. Monsi’s father was once a vice governor. Aside from these raw facts, Monsi on his own can wage a campaign sortie, being a successful businessman and do charitable projects to continue Christian benevolence which was his former vocation. Lately, Monsi aligned his political camp with the incumbent Mayor Maria Isabelle “Beng” Climaco-Salazar who is also supported by the Liberal Party, the party in power. With this information if true, pound per pound and money per money, Monsi can wage a political fight against politically  influential “Conglo”.

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With this alleged political information barred to the public, the difference will be settled in the “numbers” Conglo and Monsi will be able to muster in Zamboanga City’s District 1. How many loyal political leaders, barangay officials and big family clans Conglo and Monsi will be able to convince to follow their political bandwagon is the deciding factor. The undecided voters, like families from the shanties the “wait and see” voters or the so-called Class “D” and “C” voters can only be convinced for their support, with the color of your money. This is a proven fact and no politician or candidate can ever claim that the Class “D and C” voters is their bailiwick. unfortunately, these are the voters who really go out and vote, rain or shine.

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The political main event to watch this coming election is between Conglo and Monsi, because the interest of the voters are rekindled after many years of frustration from the national administration. It is actually a contest between a “Good Man” and the “Best Man” and whoever will be the “Best Man” will have his hands full in ensuring Zamboanga City will have a fair share in national development and relief from the city’s unstable peace and order situation in Congress. This can only be achieved with sheer determination and guts without invoking the sacred name of God.

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Scoop: When I was  attending a “kinder” class before attending Grade 1 schooling, I was a pupil of an American Missionary in Lapuyan, Zamboanga Del Sur. Our teacher is the wife of missionary Rev. Thomas Jones and was a classmate of their two sons, Steven and Phillip Jones. We were taught a song that goes this way “Jesus love the little children, all the children of the world, brown, yellow  black and white, they are all precious in the eyes of the Lord”.. But why? I am now surprised, that many Zamboanga city officials forgot their historical beginnings. Subanen IP tribe, history says, were the first people in Zamboanga City, why are they discriminated? They are not even included in the city’s historical facts and books, not knowing that almost all city barangays are coming from Subanen words, to name some, Cabaluay (white rock in Subanen) Bolong (Medicine in Subanen), Lamisahan (table in Subanen) Talon-Talon (wild in Subanen), Guiwan (gayuwan wooded place in Subanen) just to name some. Why are they discriminating Subanen IP’s? They are ashamed of their beginnings as ignorant jungle people but with their own culture, music, laws  and tradition? Conglo and Monsi, agree or disagree, but it is the truth.