Jalosjos now a candidate for mayor in Zambo City PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 08 October 2012 14:16

Former Zamboanga del Norte Congressman Romeo “Nonong” Jalosjos is now a candidate for Mayor in Zamboanga City in next year’s polls after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday accepted his certificate of candidcay (COC).

Jalosjos and his team filed their COCs and will run under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) party led by Vice President Jejomar Binay and former president Joseph “Erap” Estrada. Jalosjos was recently appointed as Chairman of the UNA party in Zamboanga City and Zamboanga del Norte. 

The acceptance by the Comelec of Jalosjos’ COC went contrary to the claims of mayoralty aspirant Beng Climaco Salazar and her close ally Jomar Lobregat, the brother of Mayor Celso Lobregat, that the most influential person in the entire Zamboanga Peninsula cannot run for mayor in Zamboanga City.

To recall, Beng and Jomar, who are both running under Mayor Celso Lobregat, filed simillar petitions against Jalosjos seeking to disqualify him as a voter and ultimately as a cadidate for mayor in this city. They then announced that Jalosjos cannot anymore run for mayor.

With the acceptance of his COC by the Comelec, Jalosjos is now a candidate for mayor in Zamboanga City.

In an interview, Jalosjos expressed confidence that he will be able to hurdle all obstructions being orchestrated by Climaco-Salazar  and the Lobregat brothers against his desire to serve the people of Zamboanga and turn the city into a little Singapore in Mindanao.

He said he cannot understand why Salazar and the Lobregat brothers insist that he cannot run for mayor in the city.

“Vice President Binay and former President Joseph Estrada entrusted to me the UNA chairmanship in the city. They will not do that if I cannot run for mayor here... The Comelec immediately accepted my certificate of candidacy when I filed to join the mayoraltry race here. So why are they insisting that I cannot run? They are just trying to confuse the people, ”  Jalosjos said.

Meanwhile, Atty. Giovanni  Luistro, spokesperson of the Zamboangauenos for the Transformation of Zamboanga (ZTZ),  also appealed to Salazar and the Lobregats to stop confusing the people by issuing false statements. He said the disqualification petitions against Mr. Jalosjos are now with the court and  it will have to go through the entire judicial process and only the Supreme court will have the final say. 

Jalosjos presented a strong and united team to represent UNA in the city composed of veteran politicians and some fresh faces in politics. His vice mayor bet is experienced councilor and civic leader Mercy Arquiza Fernandez, District 1 Congressional bet  is servant leader and prominent businessman Monsi Dela Cruz, District 2 Congress candidate is former vice mayor Mannix Dalipe.

The council aspirants in District 1 include re-electionists Jimmy Cabato and Rudy Bayot, nurse and businesswoman Jarah Bernardo, businessman Butch Blanco, Pasonanca barangay kagawad Jerson Monteverde, former WMSU law professor and former assistant regional director of the postal office Roland Bella, former Ayala barangay chairman Alex  Ortega and urban poor leader Marlon Torres. In District II, the UNA council aspirants are re-electionist councilor Rommel Agan, former councilors Kim Elago, Jihan Edding and John Dalipe, former vice mayor Susan delos Reyes, the son of Sangali barangay chairman Pol Toribio, Leo Toribio, retired police colonel Rex Miravite, and mediaman Nung Ajihil. — Tristran Garcia