Jalosjos to run for mayor in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 April 2012 13:51

Former Zamboanga del Norte Congressman Romeo “Nonong” Jalosjos yesterday formally announced that he is running for mayor in Zamboanga City in the 2013 midterm election.

Jalosjos made the announcement during a press conference at the Garden Orchid Hotel shortly after he officially registered his name as a new voter in Zamboanga City with the local Commission on Elections yesterday morning. He is now a bonafide resident of Cabato Road, Tetuan, this city.

The announcement was made as the city was celebrating “Dia de Ma’am Caling” or the 91th birthday celebration of the late Maria Clara Lobregat, the city’s first and only woman mayor.

“I don’t even know that it’s the birthday of Tita Caling. I was supposed to make the announcement earlier but because of some circumstances, it was postponed. Ta para gayot dimiyo pelo. Tita Caling was a good friend of mine when we were together in the Halls of Congress,” Jalosjos said.

According to him, the official announcement was supposed to be made last April 20, 2012 during the graduation exercise of nursing students of Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) when he was invited as guest speaker.

However, he said, it did not realize because of some political pressure prompted university officials to revise the program making Congressman Erin Tanada as the guest instead.

“Alla era yo ase el announcement para queda significante cae dimiyo tata un nurse tamen antes aqui na General Hospital. Pero tiene quien ya sangga para hende yo queda el guest (I was supposed to announce my intention during that event so to make it very significant because my late father was once upon a time a nurse at the General Hospital. But a politician came in telling the school officials not to allow me to speak during the event),”Jalosjos said as he expressed belief that his announcement yesterday was more significant because the city was celebrating the birth of former mayor Maria Clara Lobregat.

Jalosjos explained that he only responded the call of many, if not all including former and incumbent local leaders, thus the reason why he decided to throw his hat into the city’s political arena.

“This is more an obligation rather than an ambition. Just like when we entered Sibugay. It was not because we want it, but it was the people and their leaders who requested us and luckily we succeeded. We heard many things about Zamboanga that really need a special attention. I love Zamboanga because this is my birth place,” said the 71-year old physically fit  veteran politician.   

A group called “Zamboangueños for the Transformation of Zamboanga” (ZTZ) will also be established where local residents, especially those who want an honest to goodness transformation of the city from its “vanishing status”, can express their views and may even become a member.

Jalosjos said that several ZTZ centers will be put up and everybody is welcome to join including local officials regardless of their political affiliation.

“I encourage each Zamboangueño to join the group because transformation or change could not easily be made by one person but rather through concerted efforts among the residents. Let us help one another to bring back the glorious past of Zamboanga,” Jalosjos stressed.

Jalosjos, who was born in Barangay Bolong , also quickly announced that a Zamboanguenia from Barangay Mercedes and a close relative by the name of Mercy Arquiza-Fernandez will be his personal choice as candidate for congress in District 2.

Fernandez is an incumbent councilor of Dapitan City. She had run for a Council seat in Zamboanga City, but lost  in the 2007 elections.

Jalosjos however did not reveal yet his running mate for vice mayor since interested candidates would be subjected to a selection process by a committee which will be formed later.

Among those interested are former Vice Mayor Mannix Dalipe, District 1 Councilor Cesar “Jawo” Jimenez and Councilor Rommel Agan, son of former Zamboanga City mayor Vitaliano Agan. — Jimmy Villaflores