Celso cites need for Jomar to be congressman PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 06 April 2013 11:12

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday explained why his brother Jomar (Lobregat), should be elected as the next Congressman for the city’s 2nd legislative district.

This, after reports about the crafting of Bangsamoro basic law, starts prevailing in front pages of both national and local newspapers lately.

“The Bangsamoro basic law will be tackled in the next congress, so we in Zamboanga City, have to make sure that we speak with one voice when it comes to this particular issue”, Lobregat explained over an interview with RMN-Zamboanga yesterday morning.

While he has consistently been maintaining Zamboanga City’s stance against being included in whatever form or name of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Lobregat could not hide his worries, especially, without a sure solid alliance between the city’s two representatives in congress after the May 13 elections, thus, he is campaigning hard for his younger brother, who is seeking to be congressman in 2nd district.  

The older Lobregat, who too, is vying for the city’s 1st congressional seat, said that with him and Jomar in congress, Zamboangueños are assured that their interest and well-being when it comes to the issue of the peace agreement between the Philippine government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), will be protected and safe guarded.

The outgoing mayor said, that although, Jomar is the choice for the District II congressional seat of Congresswoman and mayoralty aspirant Beng Climaco and the Team PNoy party, “still, he is on a tight race between and among two other closest rivals for said position.”

However, Lobregat explained, that even Jomar’s name is not yet known to many people, his brother’s advantage over his rivals, is his family’s marked legacy and integrity in public service.

“Our late grandfather, Pablo Lorenzo was an assemblyman in his time, and subsequently became mayor, our late mother, Ma Clara Lobregat, was a former congresswoman who became mayor, and myself, a congressman for two consecutive terms, also became mayor since 2004,” the city’s chief executive narrated.

Lobregat painted Jomar’s image to be that of an obedient party mate, who sacrificed his political ambition twice, just to give way to two party mates, Climaco, and outgoing 2nd district congressman now mayoralty aspirant, Erbie Fabian, who ran and won the city’s first and second congressional seats, since 2004 until 2010, respectively.

The mayor said Jomar’s name already surfaced to be a possible congressional candidate after the death of their mother in 2004, when several barangay officials endorsed the two of them to run for mayor and congressman respectively, “only, Jomar gave way to Erbie Fabian then, and subsequently, in 2007, to Beng Climaco, who expressed interest in running for congress in the newly-created 1st district”.

After serving as their party’s campaign manager since 2004, Lobregat said “Jomar is now ready to serve the Zamboangueños in the 2nd district”. — PA