Beng, Itu, Celso, Jomar lead LP-LDP-AZ coalition PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 October 2012 14:00

On the eve of the first day of filing of certificates of candidacy, the local coalition of the Liberal Party-Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP) and Adelante Zamboanga yesterday formally presented its candidates for the 2013 mid-term elections.

Amid a euphoric crowd of supporters, relatives and party members, Liberal Party Chair and District 1 Rep. Beng Climaco, who is the coalition’s standard bearer, announced the line-up for the City Council and Congress for Districts 1 and 2 as well as her party-mate.

The presentation of the candidates was done following the Liberal party convention attended by close to 400 people to include former mayors Vinnie Atilano and Engr. Efren Arañez and  other well-meaning individuals coming from the cross-section of the city.

Incumbent Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, who has steered the City Council with integrity and transparency the last three years, will be Climaco’s running mate.

Mayor Celso Lobregat, with his unparalleled achievements as chief executive the last nine years, will gun for the congressional seat in District 1 in place of Climaco while Joemar Lobregat, a silent supporter and advocate of Zamboanga City’s progress and development will be the coalition’s bet for the District 2 congressional race.

Except for one slot in District 1, the coalition’s council slates in both districts are firmed up after a stringent selection process undertaken jointly and equally by the 3 merging parties—the LP under Climaco, the LDP under Mayor Lobregat and Adelante Zamboanga under Joemar Lobregat.

Council bets for District 1 include incumbent Councilors Myra Paz Abubakar (LDP), Noning Biel (LDP) and Rogelio Valesco Jr. (LDP), Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative Board President Elbert “Bong”Atilano (LP), Campo Islam barangay chairman Nadz Sampang (LP), Zone III barangay chairman Tito Espiritusanto (LDP) and former Councilor Charlie Mariano (LDP).

The Council slate for District II are incumbent Councilors Eddie Saavedra (LDP), Mike Alavar (LDP), Percival Ramos (LDP) and Vincent Paul Elago (Adelante Zamboanga) and Federation of Barangay Kagawads President Arturo “Art” Onrubia (LP), former Councilor Roel “Elong” Natividad (LP), City Social Welfare and Development Officer Francisco Barredo (LDP) and Benjamin “BG” Guingona IV (LDP).

Iturralde and Biel were not present during the presentation, as they had prior out-of-town appointments yesterday.

Climaco, currently House Deputy Speaker for Mindanao, said submitting her bid for mayor in  the 2013 polls is a tall order as she sees the need to serve the people of Zamboanga particularly in her advocacy to help protect women’s and children’s rights.

As principal author of Republic Act 9710, the magna carta of women, Climaco stressed there is a need to protect Zamboanga City by providing and offering leaders who have the best intentions to make sure that the security, health and education and the future of children is protected.

She emphasized that the coalition has until October 5, the last day of filing of certificates of candidacy to finalize the line up, specifically for District 1.

Climaco described the coalition team to have a good match of representation from the cross section of the community. “We are very thankful that we have a selection for people from the barangay, the business sector and other sectors who have contributed so much to the community”.

Also present during the presentation were graduating LDP Councilors Nonong Guingona, Rudy Lim and Rey Candido who have assured their all out support to the coalition team even after the end of their term in June 2013.

Meanwhile, Mayor Lobregat said former LDP members and supporters—Councilors Abdurahman Nuño and wife Lilia Nuño and Councilor Jimmy Cabato have filed their temporary leave of absence from the party but assured their all out support to the present administration until June 30, 2013.

Councilor Lilia Nuño is bent on running for the District 2 congressional seat. — Rey Carbonel