Zambo pays tribute to Cesar Climaco PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 14 November 2015 11:44

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

Mayor Beng Climaco will lead Zamboangueños Saturday, November 14 in paying tribute to Mayor Cesar Cortez Climaco, the legendary mayor who was felled by an assassin’s bullet while inspecting the fire scene in Gov. Alvarez Street in 1984.

The activity marking the 31st death anniversary of Mayor Cesar Climaco today, will begin with a commemorative mass at 7am at the Sta. Maria Purification parish church to be followed by a wreath laying and program at the Climaco freedom Park in Abong-abong at 8:30am.

Last night, Mayor Beng Climaco and the JCI Zamboanga spearheaded the 9:30pm wreath-laying and candle lighting ceremony at the assassination site in Gov. Alvarez. Earlier at 6:30pm the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts had a vigil at the slain mayor’s grave site at the Climaco Freedom Park in Abong-abong.

Cesar Climaco, the uncle of incumbent Mayor Beng Climaco served as the city’s chief executive for 11 years and was considered as one of the most vocal critics of then President Ferdinand Marcos’ martial rule. AS a mayor he left lasting legacies that include the development of the Pasonanca National park and later the Abong-Abong Park, now called the Climaco Freedom Park.

He was responsible for the establishment of the Boy Scout Campsite, which was once the site of an international Boy Scout Jamboree. His obsession for cleanliness in the city gained for the city, at one time, the title as the cleanest city in the Philippines.

Cesar Climaco served as mayor from 1953-1954; 1956-1961 and 1980- 1984.His assassination on November 14, 1984 in Gov. Alvarez Street remains unsolved up to this time. — Sheila Covarrubias