Celso’s ‘team colorao’ is all for one, one for all PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 06 October 2012 13:51

The Liberal Party-Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino-Adelante Zamboanga (LP-LDP-AZP) is fielding a strong and complete team with members coming from the cross section of the community, for the 2013 mid-term elections.

This, as candidates under Mayor Celso Lobregat’s team colorao (red team) formally submitted their certificates of candidacy past 3pm yesterday afternoon after attending a mass and a visit to the Fort Pilar.

Mayor Lobregat, who is seeking the congressional seat in the first district, Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, who is seeking re-election and Joemar Lobregat, who is vying for the second congressional seat led members of the LDP and Adelante Zamboanga, which have coalesced with the Cong. Beng Climaco’s Liberal Party, in submitting their COCs to the local COMELEC, over an hour before the end of the filing period.

The group was accompanied by Cong. Climaco, the LP-LDP-Adelante coalition’s standard bearer and four other LP candidates who have filed their COCs last Wednesday, October 3.

Seeking re-election in District 1 are Councilors Myra Paz Valderoza-Abubakar, Luis “Noning” Biel III and Rogelio Valesco Jr. Completing the coalition’s first district line-up for councilor are former Councilor Charlie Mariano, Zone III Barangay Chairman Tito Espiritusanto and Zamboanga Homeowners’ and People’s Organization Federation president Violeta “Violy” Alejandro.

Also vying for councilor in District I under the coalition are Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative Board President Elbert “Bong” Atilano and Campo Islam Barangay Chairman Narzad Sampang—who filed their COCs last Wednesday together with mayoralty bet Cong. Climaco.

For District II, the coalition is fielding for the Council slate re-electionist Councilors Mike Alavar, Percival Ramos, Eddie Saavedra and Vincent Paul Elago; City Social Welfare and Development Officer Francisco Barredo and Benjamin “BG” Guingona IV —who also filed their COCs yesterday. Two other candidates Federation of Barangay Kagawads President Arturo “Art” Onrubia (LP), former Councilor Roel “Elong” Natividad (LP)—filed their COCs last Wednesday.

“Today, we all use red [shirts], as we prepare for battle, but again let’s not forget that nothing happens without the will of God. El hombre dispone, Dios dispone”, Mayor Lobregat said in a message after the 9:30am mass at the St. Joseph Church attended by coalition candidates, relatives, members and supporters. 

Lobregat urged the coalition to remember LDP officials and avid supporters who have gone ahead such as the late Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat, Jose “Jolly” Climaco, Felizardo “Eling” de las Peñas, Kap Erning Feliciano, Dodong Deles, Mila Velasquez and Eddie Rodriguez and all “who were with us every time we set out to conduct our campaign in our bid to serve the people of Zamboanga”.

“This will be a long and hard campaign but we have to make sure that we will be united all the way, we will be campaigning for everybody [in the coalition], all for one and one for all. Walang iwanan”, the mayor concluded.

From St. Joseph Church, the group proceeded to the Fort Pilar Shrine to pray and to light candles—religious rites which had become a tradition for the party before the filing of COCs during elections.

The group had lunch at the Paseo del Mar after which the candidates together with their supporters boarded their vehicles for a motorcade on the city’s major thoroughfares with matching drum and lyre, before proceeding to the COMELEC office at the Baliwasan grandstand where they were greeted by euphoric supporters.

Before climbing the grandstand’s stairs, the 20 candidates had a brief ecumenical prayer.

Mayoralty aspirant Climaco, currently House Deputy Speaker for Mindanao, reiterated that 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.

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”. — Rey Carbonel