Getting back reg’l offices to Zambo next to impossible? PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 May 2011 16:26

Though she does not want to discourage Zamboangueños, District 1 Congresswoman Maria Isabelle “Beng” Climaco-Salazar yesterday clarified that the city’s fight to retain the regional offices in Zamboanga is somehow a “fight for an impossible goal.”

While personnel from the Presidential Management Staff (PMS) are now collaborating all documents gathered during a series of meetings and consultations relative to the issue, the final say would still come from President Aquino, Climaco said.

However, Climaco explained that she, together with other officials, will never stop fighting despite the fact that achieving such goal would be next to impossible.

The congresswoman said she wants to prove to the national government that Zamboangueños are united in the fight to be the regional center in Western Mindanao and are willing to fight until the end.

“At least we did not take the issue sitting down,” Climaco said as she stressed willingness to personally discuss the matter with President Aquino, her party mate in the Liberal Party.

“I don’t want to give false hope to the people but I want you to know that I am with you in this struggle,” Climaco said during a long distance telephone interview over Tatak-RMN.

She continued: “In the event I may not get the result that what you (people) want, but we are all together in this fight. Ya man hunto-hunto kita con este aspiracion.”

Climaco further said that she is with the other local leaders who have been aspiring for the retention of the regional center in the city, “but I do not hold the monopoly of decision of Malacanang but rather a representation of the struggle to voice this valid issue of concern.” — Jimmy Villaflores