Mar intervenes: Beng, Celso go for re-election PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 16 October 2015 12:01

by BHONG SIMBAJON

Moves to preserve a united party among incumbent city officials in Zamboanga City yielded a positive result Tuesday night when no less than former DILG Secretary and now Liberal Party presiential candidate Mar Roxas intervened and patched up the differences between Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar and District 1Congressman Celso Lobregat.

In an exclusive interview with RMN Zamboanga, Lobregat confirmed that when Roxas learned about the unresolved political dispute between him and Climaco, Roxas went out of his way to call both of them to consider his request and decide what is best for the city, by sacrificing their personal interests and do what is best for the city.

“Yes, Mar Roxas called me and Beng on Tuesday (October 13) and asked us not to clash and maintain the status quo. So we both adhered to it as a gesture of respect to him,” Lobregat said.

For the solon, the Roxas family is no stranger to the Lobregats  considering the  long time family relations since the time of his grandfather Don Pablo Lorenzo who is a Liberal, and that relationship, goes beyond politics and friendship.

“I don’t think only of myself but the entire city’s benefits that is why I conformed with the proposal of Roxas for me and Beng not to clash,” Lobregat said.

He said he supposed, when Mar Roxas interceded it will already resolve all issues arising from the Liberals Party and the LDP coalition, but what had happened the next day after the proposed merger was far from reality.

Both parties agreed to Roxas’ request to maintain the status quo but reportedly Climaco further insisted to also adopt a fifty-fifty distribution in the council slate setting aside majority party dominance which happened during the last elections.

“I cannot conform with what Beng is asking, because the six slots I am filling up in the line-up are LDP slots based on the majority results of last election and not by way of personal decisions, these are realities,” Lobregat said.

He said that junking is not in the line or the kind of politics since the time of her mother which he continued wherein they protect and look after each other and not sacrifice anyone just because of personal interest.

“Beng knows that very well when we run under one group, it is one for all and all for one, no junking and that is the strength of our party,” Lobregat said.

Climaco filed her Certificate of Candidacy yesterday morning together with Vice-Mayor Cesar Itturalde and the complete 16  council aspirants which is a coalition of the Liberals and the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) members like Kim Elago, Rommel Agan, Rudy Bayot and Al-Jihann Edding.

“Well, we left the vacant slots for the Liberals as a respect to them considering the intercession and words of Mar Roxas, but since they filed their own entire slate, we will also fill up our entire slate and we will be filing tomorrow morning, whatever will happen during the day will be up to La Virgen Del Pilar,” Lobregat said.

The solon belied the claim of UNA Councilor ELago that he was afraid to clash with Beng Climaco-Salazar in the mayoralty post.

Lobregat said that what Kim ELago said is a desperate statement and a sort of bickering, to gain access and forge coalition in the council slate of the Liberal Party.

“I am not afraid of anyone, but since we put first the welfare of the city and the Zamboangeños in the forefront, we have to do some sacrifices, and getting into compromise of part of those sacrifices, it is not a cowardly act,” Lobregat said.

He added that the presence of Elago and his critics in the ticket of Mayor Climaco adds insult to injury which for him is unacceptable.

“Kilaya tu pensa puede yo man juntu na un entablado, to the likes of Kim Elago who has been hitting me since time immemorial, hende yo plastic de hente,” Lobregat said.

The solon said he is a party man and is a steward who protects his flock of sheep to whoever will inflict harm on them.

“Based on their COC filing, the Liberal Party has declared that our councilors are out of the coalition and become the opposition because the opposition has allied with them, where is the political integrity?” Lobregat asked.

He said the realities in politics hurt but these are realities which everyone should accept.

“These conditions of Beng are realities for me. How can I conform in what she wanted where in fact she knows that the coalition is trying to fix everything, it is not talking of unity and continuity. Logically, if you want to fix something you fix the whole, not partial in order not to create animosity,” Lobregat said.

The LDP/Adelante Zamboanga coalition of the Lobregat brothers earlier forged an alliance with the Nacionalista Party of the Nuños.

This morning, the LDP/Adelante Zamboanga/Nacionalista coalition will file its COC’s with a complete council slate in both districts. They will start the day with a mass at St. Joseph church around 6:30am, motor to Fort Pilar Shrine to give respect and devotion to the city’s patron saint, have breakfast at Paseo del Mar before proceeding to the City Election Office to file their respective Certificates of Candidacy for their aspired political positions. – Bhong Simbajon/RMN News