Beng pays tribute to modern day heroes on Naional Heroes’ Day: PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 17:36

Zamboanga City yesterday joined the entire nation in the commemoration of National Heroes’ Day, activities of which were held at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City with President Noynoy Aquino leading the rites.

Mayor Beng Climaco in a statement honored the numerous heroes that the city has produced particularly Gen. Vicente Alvarez whose gallantry in 1898 led to the surrender of the Spanish forces in Fort Pilar and Cesar Cortez Climaco, known as CCC, who was felled by an assassin’s bullet while attending to the needs of his people in 1987.

“As we commemorate National Heroes’ Day we emulate Cesar Cortez Climaco (CCC) who as mayor died on duty serving people,” Mayor Climaco, a niece of the fallen chief executive said.

In recent months, she said, the City honored modern day persons whose dedication surpassed duty to save people.

These include Dr. Kelly Geronino of the Zamboanga City Red Cross, who was hit by a shrapnel while rescuing hostages during the September 2013 siege but 3 days after confinement went back to duty. The mayor also said a certain Arvin, a soldier took a bullet for Zamboanga City and defended Zamboanga City Medical Center and his colleagues while Mr. Boy Malicay, a city government employee freed an armor tank at the height of the siege.

“All the countless citizens who did acts of courage responding to those in need, helping IDPs, feeding troops even today, raising funds and those that build homes to Build Back a Better Zamboanga City are heroes,” Mayor Climaco emphasized.

She added: “Their generosity of spirit be blessed by God! Mabuhay ang ating mga Bayani! Gracias por actos de heroismo. Vaya con Dios!”

Yesterday’s national heroes’ day celebration was themed “Bayaning Pilipino: Lumalaban para sa Makatuwiran at Makabuluhang Pagbabago.”

In his message, President Aquino said Filipinos owe their freedom to their forefathers even as he also acknowledged present-day Filipinos’ struggles for reform. — Sheila Covarrubias