Villar assures Fabian of NP support should he decide to run for mayor PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 March 2012 15:50

The Nacionalista Party (NP) will give its full support to last term Congressman Erbie A. Fabian should he decide to run for the city’s mayoralty post.
This was the assurance made by former Las Piñas Congresswoman Cynthia Villar, wife of Senator Manny Villar, who is the NP chairman, during a press conference in this city yesterday.

Mrs. Villar said as a member of the party, Fabian is assured of full support from its leadership, but it will leave to him for his final decision and what is good for him.

During the press conference, Fabian confirmed that retirement from politics is one of his options after serving three terms as House Representative, but  he did not say he has made a final decision to “hang the gloves.”

Fabian stressed that he will welcome the full support of NP should he take the option to run for mayor.

Fabian had said in an earlier interview that he is seriously contemplating on leaving politics and devote his time to his personal and family life.

He said that the political landscape in Zamboanga will entirely change in the mid-term elections with the announcement of Jomar Lobregat, Mayor Celso Lobregat’s younger brother, that he is considering running for congressman in the congressional district that will be vacated by Fabian after his third and last term expires.

He pointed out that this means that Mayor Lobregat will run for congressman in the first district (now occupied by Congresswoman Ma. Isabel Climaco-Salazar) which further indicates this early that ‘Beng’ (Climaco-Salazar) will run for mayor, the same position that I want to seek,” Fabian analyzed.
“That further means that the triumvirate will be broken,” he said.

Lobregat, Fabian and Climaco-Salazar were party-mates, having been staunch members of the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP) whose president is Senator Edgardo Angara. They had a common benefactress – Mra. Maria Clara L. Lobregat.

“I hate to see good friends becoming mortal enemies because of politics. The three of us (referring to himself, Lobregat and Climaco-Salazar) have always worked together for the good of Zamboanga. The unity we forged years ago in the spirit of friendship and team work will be shattered because of politics. It is a covenant that cannot be ruined,” Fabian said.

It is rumored that Climaco-Salazar will skip seeking her third and last third to run for mayor on the prompting of Mayor Lobregat who is serving his last term. That will pave the way for Lobregat to run for congressman in Climaco-Salazar’s district. On the other hand, Fabian will have no other road to take but towards city hall when his third term as congressman expires. If that happens, Fabian and Climaco-Salazar will fight it out for mayor in 2013.

During yesterday’s press conference, Fabian likewise assured Mrs. Villar of his full support should she decide to run for senator. Her husband is now on his last term in teh Senate.

Mrs. Villar told newsmen that after serving in the House of Representatives, she has devoted her time worthy projects such as advocacy for the preservation and conservation of the environment, livelihood projects for women and assistance to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). She founded the Villar Foundation which has won several awards.

Mrs. Villar was the guest of honor and keynote speaker in yesterday’s opening program of Zambolympics 2012, an annual summer sports competition sponsored by Rep. Fabian.

With dozens of teams competing every year, Zambolympics is the biggest summer athletic event in Zamboanga City.