Celso calls for sober election campaign PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 May 2013 11:03

With less than two weeks before election day, Mayor Celso Lobregat has appealed to all local candidates from all contending parties, to stay cool and to just stick to issues.

Lobregat issued the appeal in the wake of various forms of attacks hurled on him by his political opponents. As the election period approaches homestretch, Lobregat said he expects more attacks in an effort to weaken his bid for Congress in District 1.

“They will surely come up with black propaganda against me, since I am the number 1 campaigner of Team Pnoy, and we are aiming for 11-0 in both districts”, said Lobregat, frontrunner in the District 1 congressional race.

Because of his accomplishments and tried and tested leadership, political opponents have been trying all sorts of propaganda to discredit Lobregat and his administration.

Lobregat denied insinuations that his camp is resorting to black propaganda against political opponents, saying that he is adhering to Ma’am Caling’s (his late mother) advice to just shrug off criticisms which earned Ma’am Caling the trust and confidence of the people. “Her usual answer to criticisms then was ‘dejalo kanila’”.

“They have been attacking me for three years, and it is just right for me to answer these hostile accusations, let alone, that even my supporters have been prodding me to break my silence and fight back,” he said stressing that he is presenting true and substantiated issues against his opponents during rallies and sorties.

A Lobregat rival, a former priest, has launched a series of barbs and tirades against the mayor even before the campaign period started. The mayor has described his rival, Crisanto de la Cruz, to be suffering from a credibility problem.

Regarding de la Cruz’ alleging that Lobregat voted for a tuition hike at the Western Mindanao State University (wmsu) where he sits as a member of the Board of Regents (representing Cong. Sonny Angara), Lobregat said: “He is accusing me of conniving with Western Mindanao State University officials to increase this year’s tuition fees by P30 per unit, yet, per Commission on Higher Education (CHED) data, his Nuevo Zamboanga College charges ten times higher than what is being planned by WMSU, which is after all, still subject to public consultations”.

Lobregat urged de la Cruz to practice what he (de la Cruz) preaches “walk the talk”. — PA