Celso refutes junking Erbie yarn PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 May 2012 13:46

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday refuted claims that he junked District II Congressman Erbie Fabian in favor of District 1 Congresswoman Beng Climaco as the party’s mayoralty candidate in the 2013 mid-term elections.

Mayor Lobregat said banner stories published yesterday insinuating he junked Fabian and consequently breaking up the Lobregat-Climaco-Fabian triumvirate stemmed from a meeting he had with the two congresspersons Thursday evening which he initiated purposely to give both officials an honest-to-goodness assessment of the consultations he had with various sectors concerning who to field as mayor in the coming elections.

“There is no truth to the matter; there is no reason for me to junk anybody,” the mayor answered to queries if indeed he junked Fabian. As third term mayor and as party leader, he had been consulting people on the question as to who is the best candidate to run for mayor for the good of Zamboanga and the future of Zamboanga, he said.

He said he had to ask the question to guide him in whatever decisions there should be in the future. “And the result of the consultation is that, the vast majority answered (Cong.) Beng Clilmaco. And with the announcement of somebody from the outside who wants to run for mayor in Zamboanga, a second question has to be asked: who is the strongest and most formidable candidate should be fielded to ensure that the mayor remains in the hands of the people of Zamboanga. And the answer to that question is overwhelmingly (Cong.) Beng Climaco”.

According to Mayor Lobregat, it will be very unfair for both congresspersons and for him if he will not inform them about the results of the consultation.
After giving his assessment, he said, the three of them parted and Cong. Fabian thanked him for being candid and honest in telling him of the real situation, even though the latter said his own consultations also with the people tell otherwise. He said Cong. Fabian even told him that he will continue with his consultations, as there is still a lot of time before the filing period in October.

The mayor emphasized that the situation cannot be junking, as he backtracked to 2010 when the District 2 congressman first left the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino Party (LDP) to join the Nationalista Party for the betterment of his career. Cong. Climaco followed by joining the Liberal Party of President Aquino. “Was there any squabble about junking? None”.

The mayor likewise quoted Cong. Fabian himself based on a news item published in local papers on March 12 where the solon said that he is thinking of retirement in the spirit of friendship.

Fabian in the said news item intimated that if and when Climaco will run for mayor, he would opt to retire from politics, as he would not want to break the unity/ triumvirate and even quoted the late Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat’s perpetual call “man junto-junto kita” for the good of Zamboanga. 

“Without any prodding, he came out with the statement”, the mayor said.

While consultations continue, the mayor said, the decision as to who will run for mayor has yet to be made.

He likewise stressed that Cong. Climaco, being the House Deputy Speaker for Mindanao will be making a big sacrifice but that she has to decide soon based on the people’s clamor, for the good and the future of Zamboanga.

“Man junto junto kita does not mean to say that all will be given positions to run, but man junto-junto kita means, please let us stay together and follow our campaign together”. — Rey Carbonel