‘We consider Mayor Lobregat’s role as a heroic act,” says student leader PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 11:02

Various sectors of the Zamboanga community praised then Mayor Celso Lobregat for his remarkable performance when he argued before the Justices of the Supreme Court against the MOA-AD on August 22, 2008.

Ms. Lolie Mara, former president of the LA HERMANDAD ZAMBOANGUENA in Manila, said she was happy that Lobregat was allowed to speak, explain, and even answer questions from the justices.

“He is well-versed in what the MOA-AD is all about and what the sentiments of not only the Zamboanguenos but also our Muslim brothers,” Mara said in an interview by a TV reporter.

Lobregat had the rare and providential opportunity to speak before the Supreme Court during the presentation of oral arguments by the petitioners opposed to the MOA-AD. He is the first and only non-lawyer to be given such opportunity by the Supreme Court in the tribunal’s history. The petitioners included South Cotabato Vice Governor Manuel Pinol and Iligan City Mayor Lawrence Cruz who were present at the court proceedings.

A student, Shermaine Manlangit, who watched the Court proceedings on TV, was impressed by Lobregat’s performance .  She said “we consider Mayor Lobregat’s role as a heroic act. He can really stand for us and we are very proud”.

It was an overwhelming sentiment of the Zamboanguenos not to include Zamboanga City in the MOA-AD BJE.

A public schoolteacher, Hadja Rahda Ortega, expressed that sentiment saying, “I am very proud that somebody like Mayor Celso Lobregat who lead us and stand for our welfare because we don’t really want Zamboanga City to be included in the MOA-AD”.

Then Barangay Chairman Alexis Ortega of Ayala said “ it is good Zamboanga  City has one leader like Mayor Lobregat”.

Another former Barangay Chairman, Manuel Banua of Sta. Catalina, acknowledged Mayor Celso Lobregat’s untiring effort in defending the city’s interest saying, “we know that our Mayor is really exerting effort to ventilate the sentiments of the Zamboanguenos”. —Jubels Santos