2022 PH local races

Climaco seeks to reclaim congressional post

Frencie Carreon
Climaco seeks to reclaim congressional post

ZAMBOANGA CITY CHIEF. Zamboanga City Mayor Maria Isabelle 'Beng' Climaco mingles with residents.

Beng Climaco's Facebook page

Zamboanga Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco is running against her former high school student, Councilor Khymer Adan Olaso of the Celso Lobregat-led Team Colorao

Zamboanga Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco is seeking to reclaim her congressional post in the city’s 1st District.

Climaco, who is serving her third and final term as mayor, submitted her certificate of candidacy before the Commission on Elections in the city on Thursday, October 7.

The 55-year-old mayor, the leader of the Partido Prosperidad y Paz para Zamboanga (PPAZ), is running against her former high school student, Councilor Khymer Adan Olaso of the Celso Lobregat-led Team Colorao.  

Climaco, who has been Zamboanga’s mayor since 2013, was a high school guidance counselor and teacher at Ateneo de Zamboanga University’s High School Department.

She entered politics as a city councilor, and was later elected as vice mayor, and then congresswoman for six years before she won in the 2013 mayoral race.

Climaco was the youngest and only female deputy speaker of the 15th Congress, and was among those who authored the Magna Carta of Women.

She is married to retired military general Trifonio Salazar. – Rappler.com

Frencie Carreon is a Mindanao-based journalist and an awardee of the Aries Rufo Journalism Fellowship