Mayor cites marines’ role in protecting Zambo City PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 September 2015 14:26

by SheIla Covarrubias


Citing the very important role played by the Marine Battalion Landing Team (MBLT-9 in protecting Zamboanga City, Mayor Beng Climaco Sunday expressed confidence that the soldiers will help the city in its effort to build back better.

Speaking before the members of the 29th Marine Company during the celebration of its 33rd activation day at the Mindeva compound in Rio Hondo, Mayor Climaco thanked the marine forces for their peace-keeping efforts in coordination with their police counterparts.

“On behalf of the City Government, I would like to thank you very much, MBLT-9, you play a very important role in protecting Zamboanga City. Please know that we thank all of you and we are confident and hopeful that you will help Zamboanga rise  again,” the mayor said in her brief message.

Present during the celebration were MBLT-9 Commanding Officer LTC. Einstein Calaoa, Jr., PN, barangay officials and other officials.

Climaco expressed regrets over a recent incident caused by a misunderstanding between marine and Regional Public Safety Battalion forces that resulted to the death of 3 personnel including a marine soldier.

She stressed that the City Government has assisted the family of the slain marine personnel but urged the MBLT-9 forces: “let us ensure that we abide by the proper protocol at all times and continue to serve God and country.”

The Mindeva compound in Rio Hondo will be the site of a military headquarters as part of the security plan under the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R) program. The purchase of the property is almost complete and the documents for the eventual construction of the infrastructures and other facilities are under process.

Rio Hondo, one of the hardest hit barangays during the September 2013 Zamboanga siege, was one of the staging points of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) forces who attacked the city.  — Sheila Covarrubias