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Wednesday, 07 November 2018 14:52

BEHIND THE LINES

By Bob Jaldon

Leaders are not judged by the number of press conferences that they call, or the number of speeches that they deliver, nor the amount of money they splurge on the captains, but by their competence, honesty and sincerity. To this, Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar has proven to be more than a politician by transfiguring the circus of politics and embraced statesmanship instead of aristocracy.
In one of his Santa Maria Journals, her uncle, the great Cesar C. Climaco, wrote that the future of our militarized society will depend largely on our capacity to respond to the challenges of martial law. We are in a state of martial law, aren’t we, as we continue to repress rebellion and terrorism that have stained our city and drew it farther away from progress.
The 2013 Zamboanga siege changed the tempo of our economic advancement. The peaceful climate so ever diminished. The city was in danger once again as in 1975 of losing its place in Mindanao. The failure once more of Nur Misuari’s forces to surround and suffocate Zamboanga was an obvious miscalculation by the terrorists of the kind of iron leadership that Madam Beng possessed. It is the kind of uncommon leadership, as was her uncle’s, great common sense, valor and intuitiveness that saved Zamboanga from the jaws of violent conquest by the terrorists.
No one, not even the mighty Mr. Celso L. Lobregat, predicted that she would be a dominant figure in politics. Her ability to mingle with the masses — the pobres— the disadvantaged and the weak, has earned her the goodwill and admiration of the masses. Her humble beginnings, though raised by the wealthy and powerful family, made her see through life. By so doing, the electorate that continuously voted her in office saw a legitimate leader in her as against the influential whose known aristocratic beginnings is played up in the front pages of newspapers — every Monday.
Both Madam Beng and Sir Celso indisputably have won elections after elections. They’re both genuinely popular that what they say is the bible.
With everything that’s been said, 2019 will be the turning point of their political employment. In 2016, there were slight tremors between them, small differences that otherwise could have been settled in Campaner and, eventually, rancor. Then, there emerged a conflict of principles, of ideas that led to the inevitable obliteration of alliances and friendship. Her adamance to step down in 2016 and give way to her sponsor, her former handler, was met with resentment by the Lobregat Empire as she was seen as the emerging leader capable of shaping the destiny of the city.
Recharting the course of Zamboanga was difficult. She had to deal first and foremost with the skidding law and order conditions. Then, the monstrous traffic situation.Even with the enactment of the Comprehensive Traffic Code of Zamboanga City, traffic never eased. Roads were wrongly being widened outside of the city limits instead of the city proper. Her predecessors obviously didn’t have a solution to it. Some say that a flyover will even worsen the traffic perplexity because while the streets and roads aren’t getting wider, the number of vehicles of all types have quadrupled. Madam Beng doesn’t own the traffic mess. It’s been there long before she captained City Hall.
Now, Madam Beng and Sir Celso appear to be the only ones, prepared with money and machinery, with calculated time, effort and destiny, who holds the future of Zamboanga in their urbane palms. But, there can only be one!

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