PDP, LDP kick off election fever ( Celso appointed Zambo PDP Chair ) Print
Monday, 19 March 2018 15:52

By Bhong Simbajon

The Partido Demokratikong Pilipino (PDP) national council has appointed Congressman Celso Lobregat as the President of PDP-Zamboanga City Chapter.

In a press conference called by Lobregat in his residence yesterday,  the solon presented to members of the local media his official appointment papers signed by PDP National President, Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, National Secretary General and House Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez, and Vice-Chairman and Department of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi dated February 26, 2018 at the City of Manila.

Lobregat presided in the press briefing together with his local party coalition members and former PDP City chairman and Councilor Atty. Melchor Sadain.

Congressman Lobregat said that it is indeed a great honor and privilege to be chosen by the ruling administration party under President Rodrigo Duterte  to look into the affairs and interests of the party here.

As the Council President of Zamboanga City, Lobregat is tasked to exercise the powers and perform the duties and functions attached to the position.

Lobregat is directed to mobilize his leadership in his jurisdiction to accomplish the following tasks as assigned by the National Council such as operationalizing the Party Constitution; lead and direct the Party and its members to make a culture shift towards a party-based politics and promote positive change; pursue the local programs to institutionalize the major party platforms to fight drugs, corruption, criminality and terrorism; formally report to the National Headquarters the names of all members in the Province and the organization of Chapters and Councils at the various levels.

He was also directed to start the preparation for the 2019 elections; and execute and implement all party directives and programs within its jurisdiction .

The city council now headed by Lobregat will be the one consulted by the national leadership regarding all party issues and matters under its jurisdiction.

Lobregat is also enjoined by the PDP National Council to observe the values of loyalty, commitment and dedication to the Party at all times.

“In almost 19 years of my political career, I have never changed parties, but this time considering that our president from Mindanao, the Senate President and the Speaker of the House are both from Mindanao, it was just but natural for me to join the ruling administration party with the permission from my former party affiliation,” Lobregat said.

Congressman Lobregat said that one of his priorities now with his appointment as Council President of PDP in Zamboanga City is to start the preparations for the upcoming 2019 elections, strengthen the existing and growing membership of the Party here and execute all Party directives and programs within his jurisdiction. – Bhong Simbajon/RMN News