TRIUMVIRATE BROKEN : Celso junks Erbie, prefers Beng for mayor, brother for congress PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 May 2012 14:02

The so-called political triumvirate of Mayor Celso Lobregat, District 1 Rep. Beng Climaco and District 2 Rep. Erbie Fabian has officially come to an end after a close-door meeting among the three last Thursday wherein Lobregat announced that Climaco is his preference to to run for mayor and younger brother Jomar Lobregat will be accomodated to run for congress in District 2 in the 2013 election, leaving Fabian out of the group, according to an inside source.

The source said that Lobregat, who is in his last term as mayor, will run for congress in District 1, even as he wants Climaco to run for mayor and Jomar for congress in District 2, junking Fabian from the group.

Lobregat’s decision surprised observers and political allies, who was expecting him to choose  Fabian, who is in his last term as District 2 congressman, and who had given him (Celso Lobregat) way to run for mayor in the election that followed in 2004 after the death of the late  mayor Maria Clara Lobregat.
The source said that Climaco, who has one more term to complete as congresswoman, is still undecided on Lobregat’s offer to run for mayor.

The same source said that Lobregat cited “consultations and surveys” that made him prefer Climaco for the mayoralty post in the 2013 election.

However, Fabian’s supporters countered that apparently Lobregat has junked Fabian for his brother Jomar to be able to run in District 2.

This developed as another source said that the Jalosjos group has almost finalized its line-up for the 2013 election. Former vice mayor Mannix Dalipe was reportedly chosen as running mate of Romeo Jalosjos who had earlier announced in candidacy for mayor in the 2013 polls.

Other sources said there are ongoing negotiations for Fabian to set up alliance with Councilor Lilia  Nuño, who is also planning to gun for the District 2 congress seat.

The same sources said that Fabian will run for mayor and will not retire as what he had earlier said that retirement is an option after completing his three terms as congress representative.

Mutual friends are also negotiating for Councilor Rommel Agan to join Fabian and Nuño, in addition to Benjamin “Nonong” Guingona, who is in his last term as councilor.— NS