Mayor to residents: Stay calm but vigilant PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 January 2015 15:05

Mayor Beng Climaco has called on residents anew to remain calm, but vigilant, as she sought for continuous public cooperation and support to peace keeping efforts.

The chief executive stressed this in the light of Monday night’s blast at a massage parlor in Tomas Claudio Street, the same spot that was rocked by twin blasts last November 9.

“The Zamboanga City government is working hard in coordination with the police and military to keep Zamboanga City safe,” the mayor told members of the media an hour after the blast Monday night. “We ask the people to remain calm as it is taken care of by the police. No ustedes sale sobresaltao.”

She thanked police and military authorities and cited City Police Director Col. Angelito Casimiro for the swift response to the incident that yielded no casualties except for damages at the affected establishment.

The incident should not dampen the holiday spirit, as the authorities are in control of the situation, the mayor declared.

“The city government is fully supporting the police and military and as always, we will not allow criminal elements to conduct their violent activities and we will be exercising vigilance and we need the support of the population to also assist us in this situation,” she added.

As this developed, Col. Casimiro reported that the police are following up a good lead but declined to divulge other details stressing that post blast investigation has yet to be concluded as of late Monday night.

The incident happened around 8:45pm Monday at Room 7 of the De Luxe Videoke Bar and was caused by the explosion of an improvised explosive device (IED). No casualties were reported in the incident.

“The investigators are looking at the first explosion (November 9) as one of the reasons for tonight’s incident,” Casimiro told the media an hour after the blast.

He emphasized that the possible motive in the Monday’s incident is to get back at the witnesses to the first blast last November. — Sheila Covarrubias