Jomar unfazed by disqualification case PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 May 2013 10:38

Team PNoy District II congressional bet Jomar Lobregat is unfazed by the disqualification case filed against him and Mayor Celso Lobregat for alleged violation of rules, as he confidently stressed that he and the mayor are complying with election laws.

The petition for disqualification submitted to the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) regional office was filed by congressional candidates Abelardo ‘Tonggo’ Climaco Jr., and Cesar ‘Junie’ Climaco Jr.

The two Lobregat rivals, though not related by affinity, have asked the COMELEC last May 3 to disqualify Jomar Lobregat and Mayor Lobregat, who is seeking the District I congressional seat, citing as legal basis, the alleged continued use of the monicker, ‘Adelante Zamboanga’ in government installations like schools and bridges, while using the same for political purposes.

Tonggo Climaco, a congressional candidate in district 2, and Junie, also a congressional aspirant in the 1st district contested, that such monicker, should not be utilized in any way for political purposes, since its inception years ago, was obviously done to promote the city’s tourism image.

However, Jomar, who incidentally heads Adelante Zamboanga Party (AZAP), clarified in yesterday’s radio interviews that such similar case, earlier filed by Tonggo Climaco himself, has already been addressed and resolved by COMELEC earlier on.

“Firstly, COMELEC said, nobody owns Adelante Zamboanga, so anybody can use it, and number 2, Adelante Zamboanga is not a candidate or a party list that seeks votes during elections, so how can there be a violation here?”, asked Jomar, over successive interviews with Wild FM’s ‘Burenas Dias Zamboanga’ and RMN’s ‘Straight to the Point’ radio programs.

The businessman-turned politician maintained that he has not violated any COMELEC rules and countered that the two Climaco’s are resorting to “desperate moves at a desperate time”.

“I’m not worried at all, because this issue has already been answered, and the lawyer who filed this new similar case, is just used to wasting everybody’s time, since it is his common practice”, Lobregat twitted.

Meanwhile, Lobregat, who is confident of a victory for him and his Team PNoy’s fellow candidates in the May 13 elections, said the party is not letting its guard down with only 5 campaign days left.

He said the party ensures that “everybody in the party has to work hard ‘till Friday or Saturday, so that a big chunk of Zamboanga City voters will shade the names of all Team PNoy candidates come election day”. — PA