Celso, Cesar, Beng, Erbie mark first anniversary of May 10 victory PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 16:55

It has been one year since the local Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP) and Adelante Zamboanga Party (AZaP) in coalition with Congresswoman Beng Climao (LP) and Congressman Erbie Fabian secured a landslide victory in the historic May 10, 2010 automated elections that gave Mayor Celso Lobregat his third and last term in office.

“Exactly one year ago today the people of Zamboanga City, particularly the registered voters, spoke out loud and clear through their ballots that they wanted unity and continuity by supporting our administration,” Lobregat said yesterday, stressing that his victory and that of Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, congresspersons Beng Climaco and Erbie Fabian and 12 of 16 councilors under LDP-AZaP or Team Colorao was a manifestation of the people’s full trust and confidence of his leadership.

Majority of the City Council members at present belong to Lobregat’s party. They are: District 1— Jimmy Cabato, Gerky Valesco, Noning Biel, Rudy Lim and Myra Paz Valderrosa-Abubakar; District 2- Lilia Nuño, Nonong Guingona, Rey Candido, Eddie Saavedra, VP Elago and Percival Ramos. Nine months later, Mike Alavar joined the council after winning his electoral protest that dislodged in the process Al-Jihan Edding of the opposition.

“It was not only our victory. It was a resounding victory of the Zamboanagueños,” Lobregat declared as he thanked God for all the blessings, even as he also narrated a litany of so many projects worth P2 billion that his administration had implemented since the May 10 elections, and so much more to come in his last two years in office.

It can be recalled, Lobregat in his State of the City Report last January, declared, “The best is yet to come!”

“In 2010 we were put to a test and the main issue and question put forth in the last election was continuity or change, continua o cambia and the Zamboangaueños reaffirmed their trust and confidence on our programs of government anchored on unity and continuity that started in 1998 with the election of (the late) Ma’am Caling as mayor and myself as congressman,” Lobregat had said in his 2011 SCR.

Since the election, Lobregat said the city government has embarked on massive implementation of projects, foremost of which were constructions of road networks, flood control projects, school buildings, barangay halls and wellness centers, senior citizens’ buildings, improvements of the city’s parks and gardens and several other pro-poor services.-

“The greater majority of our constituents heeded our call to unite and to continue and to stand with us in pursuing our 17-point agenda to make Zamboanga more developed, more peaceful and more progressive,” Lobregat said of his May 10, 2010 election victory.

He said it was performance and accomplishments that prompted Zamboangaueños to give him and his party the overwhelming mandate in the May 2010 elections.— Vic Larato