Beng, Celso possible clash in 2016 poll put in survey PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 July 2014 13:05

The speculation on the possible clash between Mayor Maria Isabelle ‘Beng’ Climaco and District 1 Congressman Celso Lobregat in the 2016 mayoralty post, has been put to a test yesterday, with people anxiously voting for their respective bets.

This, after BRIGADA-Zamboanga News FM station manager Dan Vicente, held a surprise random on-the-air survey in his radio program, “Punto Brigada”.

Vicente asked his radio audience in the vernacular, “If the elections were held tomorrow, who would you vote for mayor, Beng Climaco or Celso Lobregat?”

Vicente explained that he preferred to ask such question on-the-spot, to avoid supporters of the two key political figures into organizing and forming themselves into text brigades and dominate the voting through texting.

After reiterating  the same question, Vicente’s two-hour radio program was flooded with non-stop text messages from listeners, who eagerly voted for either Climaco or Lobregat, some with corresponding reasons, as to why they chose their bet.

Issues ranging from the current situation of the internally-displaced persons (IDP), last year’s Zamboanga siege, the candidates’ constant public visibility, as well as their residency, were among the factors cited by texters for their preference.

Some of the messages even came from as far as barangays Limaong, Buenavista, and Curuan, in the city’s east coast area.

“Cun Celso kame cay no quiere kame guerra na Zamboanga, cay hasta ahora hinde pa ta puede resolve si Mayor Beng con el problema de esos maga evacuee,” read one of the messages.

“Quiere kame cun Ma’am Beng, kay ta mira kame bien sincero le, y verdadero gad le Zamboangueño,” said another message.

Vicente was however, surprised by some messages from texters, who preferred neither Climaco nor Lobregat, claiming difficulty for them to select between the two.

During the first set of messages, Climaco garnered 22 votes, as against Lobregat’s 20.

The second set likewise proved Climaco dominating, with 42, over Lobregat’s 31 votes.

Climaco got a total of 85 votes in the final counting, compared to the 1st district congressman’s 50.

Vicente vowed to conduct the same on-the-spot random survey next time, but at an unspecified schedule.

Said radio anchor also promised to expand such similar future surveys, covering other elective positions in Zamboanga City.

Prior to the BRIGADA survey, talks have been going around on the possible collision of Climaco and Lobregat in 2016. Both are long time political allies and are silent on said speculation.— Philip Abuy