Beng cites principle vs money politics PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 11:28

House Deputy Speaker and Mayor-elect Beng Climaco has underscored the need for principled politics instead of money politics in relation to the national government’s advocacy on “Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap”.

Climaco sat as one of the panellists during a Liberal Party conference dubbed “Liberal Challenges 2013-2016” organized by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) at the C3 Events Place in Greenhills, San Juan City recently.

The incoming mayor stressed that government has to be relevant to the people. “We are starting to see a paradigm shift because campaigns like Kung walang corrupt walang mahirap (‘If there is no corruption there is no poverty’) have not merely become slogans, but people feel their true meaning.”

Climaco, who is LP chairperson in Zamboanga, talked about inclusive growth, the fight against apathy and engaged citizenry where people espouse a principled politics instead of the money politics.

She emphasized that when she sits as Mayor, she would prioritize security particularly in making Zamboanga safe and making it more attractive among investors. She likewise spoke of economic security and jobs as the way to make the city safer as well as to prioritize power to make the city energy sufficient.

Participants to the LP conference were local executives that include mayors and governors and congresspersons of the Liberal Party who won in the elections last month including sectoral groups affiliated with the party such as women, labor, youth and others.

Some alumni of the International Academy for Leadership (IAF) in Gummersbach, Germany like me were also invited.

LP’s vice president for women Vicky Garchitorena, Batanes Rep. Djna Abad and Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog. Journalist and Rappler Editor Marites Vitug was the moderator. — Alexandra Blanca