Zambo will carry on with this fight — mayor PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 January 2015 11:48

Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday called on the residents anew to remain calm but vigilant as she declared that Zamboanga will carry on with the fight against lawlessness and terrorism together with the police and military authorities.

The mayor said this in the light of the powerful explosion a few meters away from the Guiwan bus terminal around 3 pm Friday where one person, Reynaldo Tan, 39 of Talabaan was killed and 48 others were wounded.

“Zamboanga will carry on with this fight (against lawlessness and terrorism). We have enough military forces to thwart off further eventualities,” the mayor declared at the blast site where she proceeded to oversee post- blast investigation and to attend to needs of blast victims.

While authorities have yet to determine the cause of the explosion, Mayor Climaco did not discount the possibility that the incident is part of the diversionary tactic by lawless groups in view of the hardened security measures at the City Reformatory Center following the foiled jailbreak attempt there last Monday.

Nevertheless, the mayor said while combined police and military authorities are taking charge of security measures and post-blast investigation in the Guiwan area, another group of police and military authorities in partnership with Jail personnel are strictly monitoring situation at the Reformatory Center and other government installations and places of convergence.

“The real battle is to remove and extract the 57 Abu Sayyaf Group members facing sentences for crimes committed out of the city. Their cases are not heard in the city and they should not and will not be our problem,” the chief executive asserted.

The mayor ordered personnel from the General Service Office to clear the blast periphery of the blast site to pave the way for the resumption of traffic along the Guiwan highway.

Meanwhile, authorities continue the conduct of investigation on the incident. — Sheila Covarrubias