Prayer rally for SC to consider Jalosjos bid PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 21 January 2013 14:09

A prayer rally dubbed as “Reso Para’l Cambio na Ciudad de Zamboanga”is set today at 5 p.m. by the group called Zamboanguenos for the Transformation of Zamboanga (ZTZ) with the high hope that the Supreme Court (SC) would consider the application of its founder former Congressman Romeo “Nonong” Jalosjos to be one of the candidates as mayor in the May 13, elections.

A permit was granted to ZTZ by City Hall for the holding of the prayer rally at the Plaza Pershing.

ZTZ officials including the candidates from UNA (United Nationalist Alliance), will lead the thousands of supporters in the lighting of candles and meditation and praying that in the final judgment, Jalosjos’ name will still be included in the list of candidates for the mayoralty post.

Mercy Arquiza-Fernandez, ZTZ officer, and the vice mayoralty candidate of UNA in Zamboanga, explained that the prayer rally is an offshoot of the Comelec en banc resolution denying Jalosjos’ application as a candidate, a decision they claimed as unfair for it was done without giving their camp the opportunity to submit comments and/or written arguments that will help justify the reasons why Jalosjos should be a candidate.

Nonetheless, the group will still respect the en banc resolution and another legal step has already been taken by Jalosjos’ legal counsels, Arquiza told newsmen.

“We are inviting those who would like to see Zamboanga really move forward and those who believe in the advocacy for a change of Nonong Jalosjos to come and join us in the prayer rally. We assure the public that it would really be a peaceful one,” former lady Councilor Jihan Edding said.

Jalosjos’s trusted person Mercy Arquiza has expressed gratitude to City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr for immediately approving their request for the holding of the prayer rally.

Servant leadet Monsi dela Cruz, a ZTZ official and UNA congressional bet in District 1,  assured the supporters that whatever happens, he is going to continue what they have started in their quest for a change in Zamboanga.

“To all my friends and beloved supporters, no retreat no surrender in our quest for change. Whatever happens, I am determined to continue the dignified fight in first district and win this battle for change and support for Manong Nonong (Jalosjos) and the team,” Monsi said.

Monsi said that some 1, 500 supporters from the west coast alone have committed to attend today’s rally.

He revealed that  some well-meaning friends have even pledged to share food and bottled water for the participants during the rally which may last for two hours.

Some conditions however have been listed down by City Hall for the organizer to observe during the conduct of said rally:

1. Organizer should confine the rally at the designated area and roads must not be blocked by vehicles of the participants or the participants themselves.

2. rganizer should police their ranks and absolutely no uttering of lewd/unsavory remarks at a particular group of individuals or of religious belief and the streamers/placards used in the peaceful conduct of the activity shall be brought back by the organizer and not left or thrown on streets. —Jimmy Villaflores