Victory of soldiers, cops in Zambo siege remembered in today ‘s rite PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 September 2014 11:53

To remember the heroism and bravery of soldiers and policemen who defended the city at the height of the 2013 siege, the City Government holds “Celebracion de Victoria y Paz” (a celebration of victory and peace) today, September 29, a solemn ceremony, marking the first year since the end of the 2013 siege.

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin will enplane to Zamboanga to be the main guest along with Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, Social Welfare Undersecretary Parisya Taradji, Armed Forces Chief of Staff LGen. Gregorio Pio Catapang and other national government, military and police officials.

Mayor Beng Climaco will lead city officials in welcoming the guests to the ceremony which will start at 8am with the flag raising ceremony.

The formal event will be highlighted by the wreathlaying ceremony at the memorial marker located at Rizal Street and the awarding of certificates of commendation to the different units that first responded at the height of the crisis.

After the 8am program, Sec. Gazmin and the other guests will meet with the mayor and the members of the City Peace and Order Council for a security briefing in City Hall afterwhich will have a windshield tour of the ongoing projects under the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R). Later the secretary and party will proceed to Western Mindanao Command for a conference and other activities.

Today’s ceremony marks the day when Sec. Gazmin declared on September 29, 2013 that the Zamboanga crisis is over, as government forces have managed to retake MNLF-controlled areas. Nonetheless, clearing operations then continued, to ensure that no more MNLF rebel would be left roaming the city. — Sheila Covarrubias