Itu says it’s hard to choose between Beng, Celso if both clash in 2016 polls PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 March 2015 14:04

“Either I will retire and I will hang my political gloves or I will go independent.”

This is Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde’s reply to this reporter’s question on where he will go if the speculation on Mayor Beng Climaco and District 1 Congressman Celso Lobregat clashing for the mayoralty post in the 2016 elections turns into reality.

In an interview, Iturralde said it is very difficult to choose between Salazar and Lobregat as he considers them his “brother and sister” after several years of being  political allies working hand in hand to bring development for the city.

Iturralde said in any way he could choose to run under any of them if they (Climaco and Lobregat) will decide to  become rivals for the city’s top post.

“I believe both of them are capable as a leader as they have already proved,”, the vice mayor said.

He added that he has been in politics for so long with Lobregat and Climaco and this alliance has brought many developments to the city.

Iturralde further said that although it is not an easy decision, he might be forced to retire from  politics or he will seek reelection as independent candidate

“I cannot be in the situation where I will be going against in any of them,” he explained.

Speculations have it that Lobregat, who served as mayor for three terms, is inclined to retake the top post in the 2016 polls, which mean he will run against Climaco, if the latter will not agree to swap positions. — Dan Toribio