Erbie concedes defeat, congratulates Beng PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 11:19

District 2 three-termer Congressman Erbie A. Fabian of the Fuerza Zamboanga yesterday conceded defeat to Congresswoman Beng Climaco-Salazar of the Team Pnoy in the city’s mayoralty race.

Partial and unofficial results as of press time showed Climaco-Salazar winning by landslide votes in what is observed as an overwhelming support given by the Zamboangueño electorate to the niece of the late mayor Cesar C. Climaco.

Fabian congratulated Climaco-Salazar and wished her all the luck as he called on the people to give their full support to the new mayor-elect.

“I concede defeat and I would like to congratulate my dear friend Beng Climaco,” Fabian said in a press statement.

Fabian and Climaco-Salazar were former political allies under the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP) which was then spearheaded by the late mayor Maria Clara Lobregat and later took over by eldest son, the outgoing Mayor Celso Lobregat.

Fabian said as promised during the campaign, he would accept defeat with humility and respect and support whoever would be the next mayor.

“El eleccion hasta del Mayo 13 lang... el mas importante amo el amistad,” he said.

At the same time, the former broadcast journalist turned politician thanked all his friends, relatives  and supporters who stood behind him throughout the campaign period.

“Gracias gayot contodo demiyo amigo,amiga, parientes y supporters por el de ustedes support,” Fabian said.

Fabian, then a popular TV-radio reporter-anchorman  joined politics when he ran for councilor in 1991. He won hands down and got re-elected twice. He was picked by the late mayor Lobregat to be her vice mayor running mate and emerged victorious in the 2000 election.  When mayor Caling Lobregat died, Fabian took over as mayor by succession in 2004. But when the 2004 election came, Fabian gave way to Mayor Celso Lobregat to run and instead ran for the city’s then lone congressional seat. He served in Congress for three terms and threw his hat for the May 13 mayoralty race under his own group because the Lobregat-led Adelante Zamboanga chose Climaco-Salazar as its standardbearer for what was then anticipated as a tough race against a possible opponent in the person of former Zamboanga del Norte congressman Romeo “Nonong” Jalosjos. The latter was eventually disqualified by Comelec due to his being a disqualified voter as a result of his having been convicted for the crime of statutory rape.