Activities set to heal wounds of the past PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 11:45

In honor of the heroism of the soldiers and policemen as well as the memories of lives lost, the city government has started its activities for the commemoration of the now infamous September siege.

Speaking before members of the local media during the regular press briefing at City Hall yesterday, Mayor Beng Climaco gave a rundown of events to commemorate the crisis that tested the city and her people.

According to the lady mayor, a commemorative wreath-laying ceremony will be held on September 08 to honor those who have died when members of the Moro National Liberation Front – Nur Misuari faction took civilian hostages in their attempt to hoist their flag at City Hall in a declaration of independence.

On September 9, multi-sectoral groups will hold an activity at Plaza del Pilar where hostage victims will give their testimony of their ordeal. A commemorative mass will also be held at Fort Pilar in the afternoon. The mayor called on all Zamboanguenos to also offer prayers and light candles.

Affected barangays will also conduct their own activities to commemorate the crisis. Barangay Sta. Catalina will lead a blood-letting activity.

Other groups have also expressed their desire to contribute to the tribute. While plans are still yet to be finalized, Mayor Climaco expressed appreciation that many would want to help out.

The tribute officially kicked off with a peace walk where thousands of the city’s youth marched to the streets to call for peace and healing. The huge crowd assembled at the City Hall grounds and trooped to Paseo del Mar where a peace covenant was signed. - Claudine Uniana