Fabian not keen on running, but open to any dialogue PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 22 August 2015 15:09

Former District 2 Congressman Erbie A. Fabian on Friday said he will no longer seek to run for any position in the 2016 elections, but is open to any invitation or dialogue from local political groups.

In a surprise visit to he Daily Zamboanga Times and Zamboanga Today editorial office, Fabian said he will not actively lobby to become a candidate in the forthcoming elections, but will welcome any dialogue for possible candidacy.

Fabian remains as chairman of the Nacionalista Party (NP) Zamboanga City chapter.

“My mind is open for dialogue and discussion, anything that is good for Zamboanga City I will support,” said the former solon who had served as councilor, vice mayor, mayor and congressman.

Commenting on information spreading in the city that he is running for a local elective post in 2016, Fabian said: “Many are speculating. Some are endorsing, others are dreaming while the rest is saying it should be providential.”

Fabian, however,  asserted that he did not have any plans with regards to whether he would run for a congressman in the second district.

Asked for his comments on the declaration of support of District 2 Rep. Lilia Nuño to District 1 Rep. Celso Lobregat, he replied: “I am willing to relinquish my post as chairman of the Nacionalista Party to Congresswoman Nuño, who is one of stalwarts of our party.”

The then political triumvirate of Fabian, Lobregat, and Beng Climaco-Salazar brokeup in October before the May 2013 elections when their coalition chose the then lady vice mayor over Fabian, to be the group’s standard bearer.

It prompted Fabian to form his own political group called Fuerza Zamboanga and ran against the two-term congresswoman (Climaco) now the city mayor, who is reportedly seeking another term under Liberal Party in next year election.

From 1992 to 2001, Fabian was elected as City Councilor.  Then in 2001, he ran and won as City Vice-Mayor. During his term, he was elected as Regional President for Western Mindanao of the Vice-Mayors’ League of the Philippines..

In 2004, with the untimely death of beloved Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat, Fabian became the City Mayor by succession. Six months serving as acting Mayor, he ran for Congress representing the Lone District of Zamboanga City.

During the 2013 elections, Fabian lost to Climaco in the mayoral race in an overwhelming margin. As the election unofficial results found that Climaco was leading by a wide margin, Fabian announced his concession and congratulates Climaco for winning the election. --Hader Glang