‘Team Colorao’ kicks off poll campaign in conflict areas PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 March 2016 14:51

By DEXTER YAP

‘Team Colorao’, an alliance of three political parties — Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP), Nacionalista Party (NP) and Adelante Zamboanga (AZAP) kicked off its election campaign Saturday in four villages devastated in the 2013 MNLF siege.

Led by District 1 Congressman Celso Lobregat (LP) and District 2 Congresswoman Lilia Nuño (NP), the group opened the 1st day of campaign with prayer at the Fort Pilar Shrine, followed by breakfast at Paseo del Mar, one of the landmark projects of Lobregat when he was the city mayor. Then the team proceeded with a unity walk towards Barangay Rio Hondo with all their candidates of both districts.

Why Rio Hondo, Mariki, Sta. Barbara and Rio Hondo? Lobregat said they have chosen the four conflict affected areas to signify their sincered intentions of bringing the continued progress and development in these areas suffered during the 2013 siege.

“We walked from Paseo del Mar to Rio Hondo very early on the 1st day of campaign, to show our solidarity and humble intention in serving the people,” Lobregat said.

Equipped with its continued renewal of “Contract of Unity and Continuity Towards a More Developed, Peaceful and Progressive Zamboanga”, the candidates and the guest candidates of the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP), Nacionalista Party (NP) and Adelante Zamboanga Party (AZAP), pledged individually and collectively, to undertake and pursue courses of action or policies in the government of Zamboanga City after the election on May 9, 2016.

“We continue to pursue and fulfill our 18 objectives in our contract with the people which is our platform of governance in the city. We are proven and tested in fulfilling these priorities,” Lobregat said.

Meanwhile, Congresswoman Nuño said her team in District 2 has joined Lobregat in Rio Hondo sorties on its first day of campaign to show a united and not divided group who respect leaders and each other as well.

“We have started our campaign all together showing the people that we are leaders who have one voice in fulfilling the progress of our city, we have done much together, and we will continue to bring more progress together again.”

Nuño said that they decided to join Lobregat in District 1 during the first day of campaign to show their solidarity and support with each other which their coalition is proud of, as District 2 sorties will also commenced Easter Sunday in east coast barangays and in Vitali district which is the farthest location of political sorties, in order to break the monotony of the centralized political scenarios.

The solon said that just like her strong advocacies of bringing progress outside the very congested city proper, she also sets as an example in expanding development in her district by way of starting it in their simple political sorties.

“Part of our platform of government is to decongest the city’s commercial and business district and develop its outward expansion by improving and opening roads, establishing new growth areas and the relocation/construction of vital government installations, so we are setting as an example in this campaign,” she said

Like Lobregat, Nuño also spearheads the “Team Colorao’ in the 2nd district with their powerhouse council slate who actively pursue a clean, honest, competent, responsible, and effective local government committed to the principles of transparency, sound fiscal management, public accountability, and participatory democracy.

“We will be conducting our campaign in a very professional level, no mud-slinging, just clean and honest public service and track records for the people to choose, and we believe we are strong in this aspect,” Nuño said.

“Team Colorao” is composed of incumbent Congressman Lobregat who seeks re-election in District 1, with his council slate composed of District 1 — re-electionist Councilors Myra Paz Abubakar and Charlie Mariano, Baliwasan Barangay Chairman Boday Cabato, former city councilor Lim Rudy, retired Red Cross Administrator Vic Liozo, San Roque Barangay Chairman Lit-Lit Macrohon, CPA businessman Kaiser Olaso and Muslim leader and former Campo Islam barangay chairman Hadj Sandag.

District 2 slate is spearheaded by incumbent Cong. Lilia Nuño, council aspirants re-electionist Mike Alavar, VP Elago, and Percival Ramos, former city councilor Rey Candido, former CSWDO officer Kit Barredo, Tugbungan barangay chairman Jun Graciano, and Taluksangay barangay kagawad Beth Nuño. Former councilor Noning Biel is coalition’s  vice-mayoralty aspirant. — Dexter Yap