LP coalesces with LDP, AZaP

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Sunday, September 30, 2012


THE administration’s Liberal Party (LP) has coalesced with the local Laban ng Demokratikong Filipino (LDP) chapter and Adelante Zamboanga Party (AZaP) to form a complete slate in Zamboanga City for the 2013 elections.

Deputy House Speaker for Mindanao and first district Congresswoman Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, who is on her second term of office, has been chosen as the group’s mayoralty bet since Mayor Celso Lobregat is on his last term.

Salazar is this city’s chairman of LP while Mayor Lobregat heads the LDP local chapter. Lobregat’s younger brother, Joemar, heads AZaP, which has registered as a locally-based political party in the previous election.

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ZAMBOANGA. Mayor Celso Lobregat (seated 4th from left) and Deputy House Speaker Ma. Isabelle Climaco (seated 2nd from left) lead the LP-LDP-Adelante Zamboanga coalition for the 2013 polls. (Bong Garcia)

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Mayor Lobregat will be the coalition’s candidate for congressman in the first district while his younger brother, Joemar, is the candidate for the second congressional district.

Incumbent Vice-Mayor Cesar Itturalde, who is on his first term of office, is running for re-election.

The coalition’s candidates for councilors in the first district are: incumbent Councilors Rogelio Valesco, LDP; Mayra Paz Abubakar, LDP; Luis Biel, III, LDP; Campo Islam village chief Ahmad Narzad Sampang, LP; Zone III village chief Tito Espiritusanto, LDP; Professor Elbert Atilano, LP; and, former City Councilor Charlie Mariano, LDP.

Lobregat (Joemar) said they are still “on negotiations for the return of” with incumbent Councilor Cesar Jimenez Jr. to complete the slate in the first district.

Jimenez, who ran together with Mayor Lobregat as AZaP candidate, is not in “good terms” with the mayor.

Jimenez even joined opposition Councilor Romel Agan in filing a case before the ombudsman against the mayor.

Agan is the city chairman of the Partidong Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bansa (PDP-Laban).

However, the Lobregat (Joemar) said that Jimenez has already agreed with “some of the conditions” set for him to rejoin the group.

“We are just finalizing some details,” said the younger Lobregat, who have chosen Jimenez to be the AZaP candidate in the council’s first district.

The coalition’s candidates for councilors in the second district are: incumbent City Councilors Eduardo Saavedra, LDP; Percival Ramos, LDP; Vincent Paul Elago, AZaP; Miguel Alavar, AZaP; former City Councilor Roel Natividad, LP; Guiwan Kagawad and Federation of Barangay Kagawad president Arturo Onrubia, LP; City Social Welfare and Development Officer Francisco Barredo, LDP; and, Benjamin Guingona, IV, LDP.

Barredo has already reached the retirement age last month but the Civil Service Commission (CSC) has approved the extension of his service until December this year since the city government is still looking for a qualified replacement.

Guingona is the son of last term Councilor Benjamin Guingona, III.

Salazar disclosed they will file their COC before the Commission on Elections on Wednesday. (Bong Garcia)

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