I will run Zambo on my own — Beng PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 May 2013 11:19

After Monday’s resounding victory, through highly-historical number of votes, Mayor-elect Ma Isabelle “Beng” Climaco-Salazar confidently assured Zamboangueños yesterday that she will be her own person in terms of running the city’s affairs in the next three years.

This answers the election issue that Climaco-Salazar would merely draw her strength from her predecessor, outgoing mayor and District 1 Congressman-elect Celso Lobregat, when she becomes the next Zamboanga City mayor after the May 13 elections.

“I would like to make it clear that having been given an overwhelming mandate to serve the people, I will manage the city according to my own conviction,” declared Climaco-Salazar in a post-proclamation statement that reverberated radio air lanes yesterday morning.

The ever humble Climaco-Salazar said that among the issues which she would attend to first when she will formally assume her new post as city executive on noon of June 30 would be the blackout and peace and order.

The mayor-elect did not also discount the possibility for her to partly seek advices from her husband, a retired army general and former military intelligence officer, on matters of solving the city’s criminality problem.

Meanwhile, Climaco-Salazar also vowed to revisit the lined-up infrastructure projects under the Lobregat administration and the controversial more than P2 billion funds deposited in the bank.

“I am very lucky, because my predecessor is leaving behind a huge amount of money for infra projects, All I have to do is check and upgrade the status of these projects for its speedy implementation,”said the mayor-elect.

Climaco-Salazar, who was formally proclaimed by Comelec Tuesday night, garnered an unprecedented over 172,000 votes, compared to her closest mayoralty rival, District 2 Congressman Erbie Fabian’s more than 29,000 votes.

Climaco-Salazar, Fabian, and Mayor Lobregat, composed the then unbeatable political triumvirate that broke up October, last year, when their coalition chose the 1st district lady solon over Fabian, to be the group’s standard bearer in the May 2013 elections. It prompted Fabian to form his own political group called Fuerza Zamboanga and ran against the two-term congresswoman, who in turn, decided to maintain her ties with Lobregat.

The duo, with their complete slates on both legislative districts, ran under the administration’s Team Pnoy coalition.  — Philip Abuy