Thursday, 28 June 2012 10:41
All doubts and questions on whether or not she will run for mayoral post were answered yesteday by Congresswoman Isabelle Climaco Salazar when she announced her decision to run for mayor in the 2013 elections.
The House Deputy Speaker for Mindanao declared her mayoral bid before a crowd of 800 supporters wearing pink t-shirts at a makeshift stage located at the Parque de Sta. Maria in front of the Edwin Andrews Airbase, this city.
“Iyo si Maria Isabelle Garcia Climaco casado de Salazar, nacido de Zamboanga, una mujer iha del ciudad. Taki ta para na deustedes presencia este dia na pavor de Dios. Ta abla, Si, ay marcha iyo junto conustedes y ta responde cunel llamada como un hija obidiente para tene el oportunidad de servir cunel Distrito 1 y Distrito 2 como el deustedes Alcalde,” Salazar read her prepared speech in Chabacano.
The District 1 representative said it was the perfect time to make the announcement because it was the Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help as well the groundbreaking of the park.
The declaration saw the presence of Climaco's political allies headed by Mayor Celso Lobregat and councilors Jerky Valesco, Eddie Saavedra and Miguel Alavar as well as some barangay officials and other leaders including Zamcelco Board president Elbert Atilano.
Replying to a question by local media if her declaration was due to pressure exerted by the mayor, Climaco said she in responding to the call of service and that it is the people's clamor asking her to run.
Salazar said her possible running mate and based from the equity of the incumbent is still concurrent Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde.
Asked if she is willing to go head to head against Congressman Erbie Fabian who has also announced his decision to run for the mayoralty post, “I have a heart to heart talk with Erbie, we hope to talk again with him but I think it is still early and there could be a lot of possibilities. We are in talking terms to look for other possibilities.
I talked to President NoyNoy Aquino if he could give whatever position that is commensurate to Erbie’s position. He is a good leader and has contributed to the city. But Erbie has expressed reservations to the idea saying he is not close to the president. I respect his decision,” Salazar said.
Also asked her opinion if she is determined to trounce Fabian and Romeo Jalosjos for mayoral race in the coming elections, she said: “Ayuda comigo dale buen futuro con el maga bata.”
Meanwhile, Mayor Lobregat said the members of the LDP and Adelante Zamboanga directorate has unanimously preferred Salazar to run for mayor during a caucus Tuesday night.
And as a response to the call of the partymates and the people the congresswoman declared her position to run for mayor, according to Lobregat.
“It was her personal choice to run for mayor I did not pressure her. She has been consulting with her constituents and she responded to the call of many sectors,” Lobregat pointed out.
Asked if the decision of Salazar to run for the mayoralty post will now give him the chance to run for District 1 congressman, Lobregat said his options are open and will not declare what position he would seek in the coming polls as it was too early.
“The mayoralty seat is the most important position and that is what we have been trying to pursue and has achieved,” Lobregat stressed.
By Nonong Santiago
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