Monsi bares 2016 poll bid for congress seat PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 15 June 2015 09:19

Crisanto “Monsi” dela Cruz, known for his various development initiatives in Zamboanga City announced on Saturday that  he will make another attempt for the city’s first congressional district seat in the 2016 elections.

Dela Cruz ran in the May 2013 and came out as second-runner up among the five candidates in the congressional race. He also ran for mayor in 2007 and for vice-mayor in 2010.

This will be the third time where Dela Cruz and former mayor now congressman Celso Lobregat (if he runs for a second term) will go against each other as they have already fought in mayoral and congressional races, respectively.

“I have decided to run for the first congressional district of Zamboanga city,” dela Cruz said. “It’s not bad to announce your intention to run. I have to be sincere and so there’s no substitute for transparency.”

Dela Cruz said his advocacy/platform offers real development and progress for the city especially in the west coast of Zamboanga city that includes addressing the current problems on shortage of water, electricity, traffic congestion, security, as well as problems on unemployment, lack of discipline and cleanliness.

He said his stand on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is clear that dates back the anti-Southern Philippines Council for Peace and Development or SPCPD years, “while always respecting with dignity those who disagree with the majority view.”

Earlier, Dela Cruz wrote in his Facebook account that through Nuevo Zamboanga, he intended to infuse a sense of optimism and hope.

“If given the chance as the servant-leader in the 1st District of Congress In 2016, I shall use my salary for the apostolate of the poor and my young scholars,” Dela Cruz said.

“Our leaders and constituents in the 1st district will be empowered and will be the ‘apple of my eye’,” he said.

Dela Cruz believes that his vast experience here and abroad, in the academe and business community will greatly help him tackle issues in the formulations of needed laws and other priorities of Zamboanga City and people such: shortage of water, electricity, lack of order, discipline, peace and order, cleanliness and a realistic development action plan.

Dela Cruz is best remembered as the man behind successful development projects such as the Metropolitican Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, the Centro Pastoral, Lantaka Hotel and the newly opened Nuevo Zamboanga College in Pasobolong that boasts of  first class hotel-restaurant laboratory for HRM students.

“I shall pursue whatever good plans and advocacy my predecessor has. My performance and achievements of development and apostolate especially for the young and poor people are evident and seen. I am committed to work for the common good and welfare of all, transcending political lines in order to assure unity in diversity,” he said.

With the inspiration of his young cum laude graduates and hundreds young professionals and scholars here and abroad, Dela Cruz said he is humbly and fully committed to bring progress and development in theb private sector to other areas, develop the vast human resources and instill the right values and work ethics needed by the society.

“Little miracles do happen! Starting as a Technical School only with 40 students under TESDA, thanks GOD: I have now more than 400 students fully accredited by CHED for B.S. Criminlogy and B.S HRM. DeP-Ed has also recognized the College.”

Nuevo Zamboanga College has expanded outside the center of the City to spread development and opportunities for others, especially poor families. It is the only institution in Western Mindanao that has invested in a laboratory hotel facilities.

“I dream, plan, consult and put into action and reality the gift and talents given me by the Almighty God. While others talk, I simply do it and walk the talk. It’s Go for me: for Congress in the 1st

District! After days of prayerful discernment, having reached a decision: I have been known to be always focused and determined to achieve the goal that would redound to the common good and welfare of

our people and City,” Monsi said. With report from -Hader Glang