Erbie to announce candidacy today? PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 16 October 2015 12:00

by BOB JALDON

He was in the laundry room when his mobile phone rang. The call was “urgent” because he had to make an important decision that first required consultations with his wife, friends and avid supporters wishing for him to make another run at politics.

The offer was made from the camp of incumbent Congressman Celso L. Lobregat for him to run for vice mayor. The gesture was rather odd, considering that Mr. Lobregat agreed (as of yesterday) to keep the unity and political peace with Mayor Ma. Isabelle G. Climaco-Salazar by agreeing to run for congressman contrary to what many perceived that he was running for mayor.

A source close to Fabian said that in a teleconference two days ago, Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas implored on Mrs. Climaco-Salazar to have Cesar Ituralde withdraw from the congressional race in the second district and instead make him run for vice mayor. That compromise was apparently iced as Ituralde filed his certificate of candidacy yesterday as vice mayor.

It was also learned that Mr. Lobregat will run for reelection in the first district, but will be given a free hand to form his local line-up. That’s how Fabian’s name surfaced at the last minute as a proxy candidate for vice mayor.

In an interview with this writer, Fabian said he will decide today whether or not to accept the offer. “Right now, I’m doing the laundry,” he said. The time was 1:22 p.m.

Many see this strange political development as a win-win situation for the Liberal Party. While Mrs. Climaco-Salazar has her own set of local candidates, so does Mr. Lobregat. Whoever wins will be aligned with the perceived victors because there is no visible opposition, except former city police director and retired police General Mario Yanga, who is said to be filing his CoC today for mayor in the company of his wife.

It took the national leadership of the LP to patch up the political differences in Zamboanga last Wednesday. The Carmelite sisters were asked to intervene in the conflict but to no avail.

Meanwhile, hope does not spring eternal for the camp of former priest Crisanto “Monsi” dela Cruz if Mr. Lobregat runs for reelection. “He is a tough nut to crack,” said one of his supporters. But “Monsi” can spring a surprise of the century, said another. “He has prepared well for this election,” commented a reporter monitoring closely the political developments  in Zamboanga. (BJ)