Mayor assures city’s support to blast victims PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 January 2015 15:05

Mayor Beng Climaco has assured that the local government in cooperation with the health agencies and the congressional representatives will support and assist the medical needs of wounded victims and burial of those killed in the Guiwan explosion Friday.

The incident, which authorities attribute to the Abu Sayyaf Group, claimed the lives of Reynaldo Tan, 39 of Talabaan and Dante Valente, 33 of Sto. Niño and wounded 52 others. Only 8 remain in the hospitals as of press time.

“We express deepest condolences to the families of Reynaldo and Dante who perished and the government will provide assistance to the families but it should not end here, we want to bring their deaths to justice because their deaths should never be in vain and even the other victims who were affected,” the mayor said.

The mayor Friday afternoon inspected the blast site confer with authorities doing post blast investigation. She later proceeded to the different hospitals where the victims were rushed to assist them in their needs.

On the other hand, the chief executive said Zamboangueños should send the message that the residents are not afraid of the challenges besetting the city.

“We are not afraid of terrorism and for as long as I am mayor of the City, I will utilize all that is within my power and authority with God’s grace to really stop terrorism not only in the killing of innocent lives but also in preventing them,” she declared.

The mayor called on the people anew to continue support and help authorities by sharing information about any suspicious activities happening or items found in their area.

She added that the authorities are now following some leads relative to the Guiwan explosion incident.

As this developed, President Noynoy Aquino is expected to visit the City today to personally assess the situation following the explosion in Guiwan Friday. — Sheila Covarrubias