Monsi go for Grace Poe PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 11:24

Clad in white T-shirt, servant leader and congressional hopeful for District 1 Monsi Dela Cruz along with dozens of loyal supporters including some barangay officials and kagawads publicly declared on Tuesday his desire to support Senator Grace Poe’s presidential candidacy in 2016 election.

“Right now I am independent but I am supporting Senator Grace Poe for president,” Dela Cruz said in a press conference yesterday inside his office at Lantaka Hotel, crowded by his supporters, wearing yellow t-shirts who are members and coordinators of Nuevo Zamboanga Movement.

Dela Cruz said even if Poe decides not to choose him as her bet for congressman in the first district of Zamboanga City, nobody can stop him to support the senator in her presidential bid in next year’s polls.

“I’m not after for money I will look for a president whom I can be proud who shares my values — of honesty, serving the people and somebody who would be able to deliver what is needed for the people of Zamboanga,” he said.

Dela Cruz revealed that he was supposed to meet Poe but there were some people blocked him. He vowed once he takes his oath before Poe’s party it is in his heart then that’s it, he will work for the senator’s presidential bid.

In the meantime, Dela Cruz said he has to work hard with the masses because he is not ashamed to work with the poor people because he came from the poor family.

“My mother was a scholar, I will work hard until I win the battle for the people of Zamboanga especially for the poor people,” he pledged.

When asked his political affiliation with Vice President Jejomar Binay and other national political leaders, Dela Cruz replied that five times he called and texted the vice president but he got no answer.

“I called him and texted but he did not answer me but if he has problem he will call me and text. The vice president is my friend but I am not traitor because I am not a member of his party I am not member of UNA. I became friend of the vice president because of Meng Agan (Councilor Rommel Agan) and one of my media friends that’s why he visited me,” Dela Cruz said.

On June this year, Dela Cruz announced 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 that 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.

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 peace and security, shortage of water, electricity, traffic congestion, security, as well as problems on unemployment, lack of discipline and cleanliness.

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

The former priest 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 and criminology. — HG