Celso rebuts criticisms on ‘No Te Vayas de Zamboanga’ advocacy PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 14:32

Former mayor and now District 1 Representative Celso Lobregat has expressed disbelief over criticisms on the “No Te Vayas de Zamboanga” (Don’t leave Zamboanga) campaign, stressing it is essentially to encourage residents to have trust and confidence on the potentials and capabilities of Zamboanga no matter the challenges.
Lobregat said he finds it amusing that his critics make so much fuss about his initiated advocacy campaign speculating among others that it is politically-motivated in preparation for the 2016 elections.
“Manada gayot imbidioso, lioso y suspechoso, (there are many who are envious, suspicious and engage in rumor-mongering), ”Lobregat lamented in the vernacular, referring to people who are fond of speculating things manifesting envy and are threatened by his initiatives.
He said faith, trust and hope are tenets that define the “No Te Vayas de Zamboanga” campaign that has come to light in the midst of diverse challenges besetting the city.
“If Ma’am Caling were alive today, what would she do in these uncertain times? She would issue a clarion call and there is an appropriate song for that clarion call—No Te Vayas de Zamboanga, in English, don’t leave Zamboanga,” he said referring to his mother, the late Mayor “Ma’am Caling” Lobregat.
As a result of the Zamboanga siege last September, there are loose talks that some Zamboangueno families have fled Zamboanga, sold their properties and transferred investments elsewhere, according to the District I solon.
“Zamboanga is our home, Zamboaga is our city, if you do not love and care for our city, who else will? How can we ask people from outside to invest and come and visit us if we have that shadow of doubt?”, he asked.
He pointed out that before the city can invite investors and tourists to the city, the residents themselves should not have a shadow of doubt on the city.
The campaign is now stamped in tarpaulins draping government and non-government offices including residences, business establishments, educational institutions and even in motorized tricycles and public utility vehicles.
“This (campaign) will send the strong message to all and sundry that we have faith, trust and we have hope in our city. We will not allow people who want Zamboanguenos to abandon Zamboanga so they can take over, this is to show that we are here to stay,” Lobregat declared.
The former mayor also allayed speculations that the campaign is politically-motivated stressing that since the very start he has always emphasized that he respects and supports the decisions and plans and programs of the local government. “Pirmi yo ta abla el Ciudad de Zamboanga na tiempo de crisis o tiempo de alivio debe tiene lang un cara y un vos—y ese amo el cara y vos del alcalde”.