Monsi Admits Celso still ahead, But...... PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 April 2016 11:31

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

Last Saturday night while seeping my favorite beer at Gerry’s Grill and watching a live coverage of the Donaire Vs Bedak fight, with my drinking buddies from Hanazono, Drigo, Jerome, Charlie and Mr. Enriquez and the owner Joseph Dy. Jangol Chiong left ahead because he was impatient as the fight took a long time to start with so many boxing curtain raisers. When the fight started, it just took 3 rounds to declare Donaire winner by a knockdown and Hungarian boxer Bedak’s corner stopped the fight as blood was oozing from his nose and mouth. It was a good decision from the Hungarian corner, because the boxing bout was obviously a mismatch. After the fight, we continued drinking our beers compliments from Charlie and it was past 10 in the evening.

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Overheard from the other table occupied by a group supporting Monsi Cris Dela Cruz who just passed by for a couple of beers and Donaire vs Bedak fight but will go back to a campaign rally that is ongoing in Canelar Barangay Hall. They are Monsi’s loyal supporters and Table Talk who happened to know one of them, asked the group how is Monsi’s campaign against incumbent Congressman Celso Lobregat going?  admittedly they said, Lobregat is still a political force to reckon with but not as strong as when they were together with incumbent Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar. They also admitted that Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar’s political separation with Congressman Lobregat has affected Celso’s popularity and has given additional support for Monsi’s candidacy and if Monsi will continue to work hard until the last days of the campaign, Monsi might be the next Congressman for the city’s first district.

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Here are some data Table Talk gathered regarding Monsi Cris Dela Cruz’s achievement before the elections. First and foremost, Monsi commands the support of many Christian and Muslim youths who were recipient of his personal scholarship grants and those youths who got jobs with Monsi’s help after they graduated. Monsi’s clean and decent campaign sorties also got the interest and support of some old timer political leaders, especially, women voters

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Monsi Cris Dela Cruz’s personal donations of his private lots to landless poor families in the city long before elections without any “strings attached” are now the core group of his volunteer campaigners plus the fact he has shared part of his private real properties for barangay halls and barangay water system in the East Coast, of District 2, an area that is not part of the district where he is running for congressman. Reportedly, Monsi, from his personal funds, is supporting some teachers in Sacol Islands through some monthly allowance to help this teachers defray the cost of their pumpboat transportation. Again Sacol island is in District 2.

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These achievements are gleaned from his FaceBook account and open to the public for scrutiny. The fact is, according to his followers, that these personal achievements are rarely mentioned by Monsi during his speeches in the campaign trail but humbly admits that his job is far from over and has to work harder to achieve his objective for Congressman is District 1.

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Scoop:Indeed Monsi Cris Dala Cruz is making waves in District 1. Many big families I have been acquainted with during my short stint in the city government are inclined to support Monsi for keeping his campaign on public issues and not indulging in personal attacks. The public is already disgusted with the dirty tactics of national candidates and demolition tactics on an election activity that will be over in a month’s time. Afterwards, they will meet again as “complobanos” in our only city of Zamboanga. Victory is sweet if given by the voters sincerely and not taken by destroying the character of a friend. Agree or disagree, this is Table Talk’s opinion.