Word war formally declared in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 April 2016 14:18

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

I was shocked to listen to e-Media radio program hosted by Gil Climaco the other day about a list of unimplemented city projects as charged by incumbent District 1 Congressman Celso L. Lobregat (Conglo) against the administration of Mayor Maria Isabelle “Beng” Climaco-SalazarClimaco. The accusation of Conglo went further that Mayor Beng has over P3 billion sleeping in banks. Because of these unspent public funds, development is hampered in Zamboanga City. This direct accusation of mismanagement against Mayor Beng’s administration is the first “impact bullet” of mental aggression by a once political ally turned critic. Conglo’s criticism against a former ally was a formal declaration of political “word war”, that will go a long, long way of embarrassing expose’ in the days to come until election day.

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In retaliation to Conglo’s political rhetorics, Monsi Cris dela Cruz, self proclaimed ally of Mayor Beng, who dubbed himself as servant-leader  (take note that Mayor Beng has not publicly proclaimed their political partnership), and candidate for congressman in the  First District, opposing Congressman Lobregat, went into the defense of Mayor Beng in an interview yesterday morning with Joel Sanson over Tatak RMN Radio. Lambasting Conglo for the first time since the local campaign started. Monsi Cris, accused Conglo of inefficiency and ineptness after several years as City Mayor and Congressman for Zamboanga City. Monsi Cris said in the public interview that the present problems Zamboanga City is facing, like water and energy shortage, have never been given a solution by Conglo, and the problems are still on-going up to the present. Conglo during his term as City Mayor also did not spend the city public funds of over P2 billion, for the city/s development and also remained sleeping in banks.

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In the city council’s recent session, councilors belonging to the group of Conglojunked the request of Mayor Beng for authority to commence city projects funded by the city government. A Council resolution requested by Mayor Beng for Council authority was totally rejected by Conglo’s group in the city council rendering Mayor Beng helpless in implementing various barangay projects. Mayor Beng wanted these lined up and approved and budgeted projects be given Council authority to commence before the COMELEC ban on government projects would  take effect, which would last even after the election.

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Political “word war” is heating up. Even servant-leader Monsi Cris, the once timid candidate, is now joining the political fray. Followers of Mayor Beng, Conglo and Monsi Cris are following suit as charges and complaints of candidates’ posters and tarpaulins, are being destroyed, torn or removed and replaced as reported by radio and newspapers. Suspicion of election cheating is now a topic in many neighborhood in the city. The city’s voters are highly divided and fragmented, short of animosity. Many are becoming restless, especially political pundits and sycophants of Conglo and Mayor Beng’s group.

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The public has mixed reactions on the political development. To the many conservatives they are dismayed by this development and they believe it might affect the moral standards of the people. The out-of-towners whose interests are personal every election, are happy with the development and want more action for more personal reason and opportunity. Many ladies in the city are however cautioning Conglo to go easy with his criticism against Mayor Beng so it will not go personal that will touch the ego of women. The general public is expecting more expose from both political camps and it might one day be a “bombshell” that will decide the course of victory for many candidates.

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Political pretenders of Conglo and Mayor Beng must “police” themselves to avoid aggravating the situation. They should never give false feedbacks and information to their benefactors. US President John Kennedy once said “never try to ride a tiger, or you may end in its stomach”. False leaders cannot decide the outcome of the city’s election, the pulse of the public is what counts and remember, Zamboanga City is still a Christian City.

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Scoop: A pseudo political leader came to Table Talk seeking assistance to bring him to either Conglo or Mayor Beng and showed me a list in a pad paper of voters name coming from 96 barangays and boasted that he controls those voters. I had mixed feelings of either to laugh or get angry. But, being sober and sane, I said to him, “Keep your list for yourself, Conglo and Mayor Beng will never believe your cheap rural gimmick” and I said mockingly to him “why did you not file your candidacy for city mayor? you have 96 barangays under your control, your opponents will only have 2 barangays, you are a sure winner”. He answered innocently, I have no funding for my election. I pulled out my only 20 pesos and gave it to him and I said “go buy yourself some bread and hot coffee from that vending machine and go home before I lose my temper”. Some people think we are crazy like them. Agree or disagree but this is a true happening.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 April 2016 14:26