Beng, Celso, Jomar reaffirm vow for peaceful, clean polls PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 30 March 2013 11:19

District 1 Congresswoman Beng Climaco, Mayor Celso Lobregat and Jomar Lobregat—leaders of the coalition LP-LDP-AZAP in Zamboanga have reaffirmed and reassured their commitment to peaceful, clean and honest elections in Zamboanga in May.

This, as they affixed their signatures in the Peace Covenant in ceremonies initiated by the United Front for Honest, Orderly and Peaceful Elections (UFHOPE) at the Ateneo de Zamboanga Multi-purpose covered court Tuesday afternoon. They signed the covenant along with their party mates Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde and the council aspirants and other candidates vying for the various positions in the May 13, 2012 local elections.

“We reaffirm and we reassure all of you—people of Zamboanga, fellow candidates and voters alike, that we will continue to adhere to rules and regulations and continue to adhere to what is right and proper”, Lobregat said as he declared with pride that elections in Zamboanga have always been peaceful with the results truly reflecting the people’s sentiments. “And we can proudly say that in the course of our political career, we have never engaged in any activity that would fraudulently influence the result of any political exercise.”

Mayor Lobregat, who is serving his last term, is seeking the congressional seat in the 1st district of Zamboanga.

He added: “As in the past, we have very high respect for the intelligence and integrity of the voters in Zamboanga. Even when we hear reports of the vote-buying and other forms of malpractices or malfeasance in other places, we are very fortunate that Zamboanga has remained adamant and immovable by such transgressions and we hope and pray that the same would be the case in this coming May elections.”

Cong. Climaco who is the coalition’s mayoralty candidate, vowed to continue her grandmother’s legacy to encourage all women and even men to protect the sanctity and sacredness of their ballots as well as to observe their right of suffrage and to be able to vote.      

Isabel Cortez Climaco, the congresswoman’s grandmother in 1935 championed the cause to grant women the right of suffrage –a move that became a reality starting in the 1937 elections.

“In 2012 we embarked on the [campaign] tuwid na daan and we said that our votes are not for sale. Este si Beng Climaco ta advoca con ustedes, proteje el sanctidad del di atom maga boto cay estge di aton maga boto sagrado. In Zamboanga City, our votes are not for sale and Zamboanga City will never be for sale”, Climaco, who is running for mayor in the May 13 elections declared.

Jomar Lobregat, who is seeking the congressional seat in the 2nd district under the LP-LDP-AZAP coalition, for his part said the quest for a clean, honest and peaceful elections has been and will always be a commitment. 

Jomar has been running the campaign of the party—starting from the time of his late mother, Mayor Maria Clara ‘Ma’am Caling’ Lobregat in the early 1980s until the elections in 2010. He said he and the party will continue to adhere to election rules and regulations. “This is the legacy that Ma’am Caling left us and we remain firm on this legacy of honesty, integrity and credibility”.

Party members of the coalition to include re-electionist Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, re-electionist councilors Mike Alavar, Percival Ramos, Eddie Saavedra and VP Elago and council aspirants Art Onrubia, Elong Natividad, Kit Barredo and BG Guingona from District II and District I Council slate- re-electionists Myra Paz Abubakar and Noning Biel and aspirants Nadz Sampang, Tito Espiritusanto, Charlie Mariano and Violy Alejandro—also signed the covenant.

Candidates from the different parties vying for various positions in the local elections signed the covenant as well. 

The activity was initiated by UFHOPE with lead convenor Fr. Tony Moreno and was attended by Police Regional Director PCSupt. Juanito Vaño, DILG Regional Director Paizal Abutasil, Atty. Josil Macute of COMELEC and the election registrars from the two districts, City Police OIC Director Col. Edwin de Ocampo, Task Force Zamboanga Chief Col. Glen Macasero and numerous others. — Rey Carbonel