Angara: WMSU made right choice in honoring Lobregat PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 14:08

The Western Mindanao State University (WMSU), now celebrating its 108th Foundation Anniversary, has made the right choice in conferring upon Mayor Celso Lobregat the degree of doctor of humanities (honoris causa), Congressman Juan Eduardo “Sonny” Angara declared.

“Today, we are recognizing a man of learning, a man of action, a man of principle and a man of achievements,” the young Angara said of Lobregat during the latter’s conferment of honorary degree Monday morning at the Juanito Bruno Gymnasium in WMSU.

Angara, who sits in the WMSU Board of Regents in his capacity as chairman of the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education, said often people would ask why politicians are recognized.

“And I must say that the relationship between politics and the academe is very much symbiotic. The academe needs politicians to make sure government resources are brought to proper place. On the other hand, politicians also listen to the academe. Otherwise, it’s a one dimensional way of governing. Politicians must listen to those who speak the truth to power, and that is the role of the academe,” Angara said during Lobregat’s conferment rites.

Referring to Lobregat, Angara said: “Everyone knows of his distinguished career in public service, the two terms where he served as your representative in congress, the three terms which are about to end where he has served with honor and integrity as your mayor. He fought for the territorial integrity of Zamboanga City, and he continues to fight for the preservation of the cultural heritage of the identity of Zamboanga City.”

He also commended the chief executive’s efforts at ensuring the success of Queen Sofia of Spain’s visit to Zamboanga last July 5, saying that the Queen must have left “very much impressed by her visit here in Zamboanga City and by the leadership exemplified by the honoree, Mayor Celso.”

At the same time, Angara thanked Lobregat for remaining very loyal to their political party, the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP). “I must say that every election the big political parties come knocking on Mayor Lobregat’s door asking him to take his oath as member of their political party and every time Mayor Lobregat tells them that he is a member of LDP and he is loyal to his party.”

“It’s rare to see a man of his caliber, choosing to stay with his political party, with all the attendant graces available to members of the ruling party,” the lawmaker from Baler, Aurora Province further described the mayor, now Dr. Lobregat. — Vic Larato