Will "Kuya" invite Beng to join PDP? PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 April 2017 10:45

By LIZA JOCSON

Will Zamboanga Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco- Salazar be invited to join the Partido Demokratikong Pilipino like her former partymates and allies?

“We have to check her sincerity,” said Congressman Celso Lobregat, Climaco-Salazar’s former long- time ally who she fondly calls her “kuya.”

Lobregat said that Climaco-Salazar had been his long time partymate at the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP) until she transferred to the Partido Liberal headed by former President Noynoy Aquino.

He, on the other hand, “stuck it out” with the LDP until last year when he decided to join the PDP.

“ I am not a political butterfly.  Once I make a decision, it is a firm decision.  Those who keep on changing, you talk about sincerity,” said Lobregat.

“As of now none is inviting her,” said the First District Congressman, adding, “ If she considers me her kuya, she should have followed me.  Kuya is no longer in effect.”

It will be recalled that right after the 2016 elections, Mayor Climaco- Salazar told local media men in a press briefing that she had been invited by the PDP Laban to join their party.

In yesterday’s press conference however, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez evades the question of whether they will invite Climaco and instead gave the burden of deciding to Lobregat.

“I would rather na si Congressman Lobregat na lang ang gumawa.  Siya ang member dito sa Zamboanga, siya ang kakausap ng mga officials.  Hindi ako yan.” said Alvarez.  (Liza Jocson)