Leave Jalosjos alone, Sam tells Beng, Jomar PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 August 2012 13:57

Liberal Party District 2 Chairman Samuel “Sam” Enesando, yesterday clarified that he is not supporting the mayoralty bid of former Zamboanga del Norte Congressman, Romeo ‘Nonong’ Jalosjos.

Enesando made the clarification after receiving reports that he is being suspected as an ally of Jalosjos, founder of Zamboanguenos for the Transformation of Zamboanga (ZTZ), after he called on District 1 Rep. Beng Climaco and Adelante Zamboanga Party (AZAP) President Jomar Lobregat, to let the former solon run for mayor in 2013.

Climaco and Lobregat, personally went to the local Comelec office last Tuesday to attend the hearing of their disqualification petitions filed against Jalosjos’ voters registration application.

On the other hand, Enesando was coincidentally, at the same venue, to follow-up the delayed issuance of voters’ identification cards to approximately, 5,000 voters of District 2, where he intends to seek for a congressional post in next year’s polls.

“I issued the call to both Climaco and Lobregat, to let Jalosjos run, because I believe that in a democratic country like ours, people should be left to choose their leaders,” Enesando said.

On matters of Jalosjos being a voter, Enesando said, “since he had served his commuted sentence, he maybe a totally reformed person now, willing to serve, at least, just before his lifetime is over, so let him do what he thinks is right”.

He however explained, such a call for the petitioners of the twin disqualification petitions should not be misconstrued as a support to Jalosjos’ planned candidacy, since he is neither a member, nor a part of ZTZ.

“If we come to think of it, I am running as an independent congressional candidate in the 2nd district in 2013, and I, and Congresswoman Beng (Climaco-Salazar), are partymates in LP, so there’s no reason for me to be suspected of supporting Nonong’d  (Jalosjos) mayoralty bid,” Enesando pointed out.

Meanwhile, the younger Lobregat was quick to defend his and Climaco-Salazar’s twin disqualification petitions, saying, “it is a manner of protecting the society from the ex-convict, (referring to Jalosjos), which no less than the Supreme Court ruled to have moral turpitude”.

Lobregat said, “if Enesando does not care to give that due protection to the society from the likes of Jalosjos, I do”. — Philip Abuy