Fabian to bare plan on July 31 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 June 2012 13:47

Elections are 11 months away and prospective candidates have started to announce their intentions to run for particular elective positions. One such candidate is deputy House speaker Ma. Isabel Climaco-Salazar who publicly declared her mayoralty bid next year.

Reliable sources said that former Zamboanga del Norte Congressman Romeo Jalosjos will formally go public in his intention to be the next occupant of city hall.

On July 31, the feast of St. Ignasius, the founder of the Jesuit Society, which is also the barangay fiesta of Tetuan, Congressman Erico Basilio “Erbie” A. Fabian will formally and officially announce his political plans.

On many occasions, Fabian has said that he was 80 percent sure of running for mayor, a position he held for six months upon the demise of Mrs. Maria Clara L. Lobregat.

Fabian, the chairman of the Nacionalista Party in this city, said his vision and love to serve the city and people “burn deeply in my heart because Zamboanga deserves more than just political patronage.”

Last month, Fabian was automatically dropped from the rolls of the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP) chaired locally by Mayor Celso L. Lobregat when he was confronted with Lobregat with the news that it was Mrs. Climaco-Salazar and not him (Fabian) who was the unanimous choice to run for mayor after Lobregat serves out his third and last term.  Many saw the move as a break-up of the “Mighty Trio” or the “formidable triumvirate” that lorded it over in local politics the last 14 years.

Fabian said he does not hold any personal grudges against the Lobregats nor Climaco-Salazar, “because there are no permanent friends in politics.”

Fabian’s good relationship with the Lobregats is not a secret. When he was a reporter for the defunct First United Broadcasting Corp., a television and radio company owned by the Lobregats, he was picked by Mrs. Lobregat to run for councilor to fill up the slate allotted by the LDP for the media. He was elected as councilor and subsequently re-elected twice. He was the choice of the LDP to be Mrs. Lobregat’s running mate in 2001. He served the unexpired term of Mrs. Lobregat upon her death in 2004 and ran for congressman that same year. He is now serving out his third and uninterrupted last term.