Erbie to field 2013 powerhouse slate PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 September 2012 14:10

As the filing of certificates of candidacy (CoC) for next year’s elections draws nearer, Congressman Erico Basilio “Erbie” A, Fabian, head of the Nacionalista Party (NP) in Zamboanga City, yesterday said that he is fielding a powerhouse line-up that will include lawyers, doctors, businessmen and retired government workers under the “Fuerza Zamboanga” alliance, a group that was formed three years ago.

Sources close to the congressman who asked not to be named said Fabian will file his CoC for the position of mayor and is setting his sight on Councilor Romel Agan to be his running-mate.

Fabian’s council aspirants are retired veteran broadcaster Roseller “Ller” Enriquez, Dr. Antonio “Bonging” Feliciano, newspaperman Miguel “Mike” Apostol, lawyers Quirino “Jun” Esguerra and Luis Climaco, and two other still-to-be named prominent businessmen.

Fabian is also considering adopting Dr. Cesar Climaco, the eldest son of the legendary Mayor Cesar C. Climaco, as his congressional candidate in the first district and Councilor Lilia Nuño as his congressional bet in the second district. Fabian will file his CoC as an NP while the rest will file their CoC as

“We may not be able to field a complete slate for the first and second districts, but what we have are respected, notable professionals and individuals who have pledged to make Zamboanga City a better and safer place to live in,” the sources quoted Fabian as saying.

“If the opposition in the city council wishes to join our alliance, we will gladly accept them,” Fabian said, according to the sources.

With barely two days before the start of the filing of CoC (Oct. 1-5), Malacanang has intensified efforts to talk Fabian out of the mayoralty race to give way to a long-time ally, Congreswoman Ma. Isabel Climaco-Salazar.

Last Wednesday, a top government official met with Fabian at the Garden Orchid Hotel to convince him to quit the race. Fabian has accepted the invitation to meet with newly-appointed Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Sec. Mar Roxas in Malacanang next week to talk on the offer not to run in exchange for a juicy ambassadorial or government position.

“I’m going to listen what Secretary Roxas has to say. But that’s as far as I am willing to go,” Fabian was quoted as saying.

Roxas is the president of the Liberal Party of which Climaco-Salazar is a staunch member of. The LP, NP and the National People’s Coalition (NPC) have forged a temporary alliance for next year’s elections.

Meanwhile, trouble is brewing at the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP) camp as reports revealed that the Nunos are set to bolt the party.

Jomar Lobregat, the younger brother of Mayor Celso Lobregat, has declared his candidacy for congress in the second district.

It has long been rumored that Councilor Lilia Nuno also desires to run for congress in the second district. There are even talks that the Nunos have already printed in the thousands Mrs. Nuno’s leaflets and stickers bearing her name and position that she is running for.

Another LDP stalwart, Councilor Jaime Cabato has informed some of his colleagues in the city council that he is joining the camp of Romeo Jalosjos, whose candidacy for mayor is hanging in the balance with the ruling of the Election Registration Board (ERB) that he is not a qualified voter. — BJ