Monday, 07 May 2012 12:44
The triumvirate consisting of Mayor Celso Lobregat, District I Congresswoman Beng Climaco and Dstrict II Congressman Erbie Fabian came to an end during a meeting of the group’s top officials last Friday at La Vista del Mar in Calarian, this city, a very reliable source revealed.
According to the report, Fabian was officially informed that the present administration led by Mayor Lobregat will not choose him to run for Mayor in the coming 2013 elections. Instead, the leaders of the group are pushing Climaco to run for the post and at the same time give way to Mayor Lobregat who is allegedly eyeing Climaco’s position.
Climaco did not immediately give an answer saying she will still have to consult her family on the matter.
According to the source, Fabian was told that based on consultations and surveys done by their group, it was clear that Climaco is the stronger candidate for Mayor in the coming polls.
The source added that Jomar Lobregat, the brother of the Mayor, will be accommodated to run as Congressman in District II.
Fabian was allegedly not happy with the decision and that he is still considering to run for mayor despite earlier pronouncements that he will choose to retire from politics if Climaco will run for mayor.
Recall, Fabian said that he values their friendship and will not allow politics to destroy it. He even told reporters that he is seriously considering retiring from politics. However, Fabian seemed to have changed his mind when he again called for a press conference last week saying that he will start conducting consultations on whether or not he will run in next year’s polls.
Late last month, former Congressman Romeo “Nonong” Jalosjos declared that he will run for Mayor in this city in the coming polls. Jalosjos said he will carry Climaco as his congressional candidate for District I since they are considered close family friends.
However, Jalosjos also said that should Climaco decide to give in to the pressure of the Lobregats asking her to step down from her post and go against Jalosjos, the political kingpin said he will not back out from the fight, and that his group will also field a complete line-up.
Climaco still has one term to serve as Congresswoman of District I. She is also one of the top leaders in the House of Representatives having been appointed as Deputy Speaker for Mindanao. Climaco also enjoys the trust and confidence of President Noynoy Aquino, having run under the Liberal Party (LP) in the 2010 elections.
The source said the present administration is now waiting for the decision of Climaco.
by: Nonong Santiago
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