Beng assures Zambo City ready to repulse attackers PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 January 2016 11:13

by vic larato

Mayor Beng Climaco flatly denied yesterday what she described as persistent rumors of another siege in Zamboanga as she assured that the city this time around is alert, ready and capable of repulsing any attackers.

Climaco issued the statement in the wake of a report that some residents in Sta. Catalina had abandoned their homes Sunday night following rumors that the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members were sighted in their vicinity.

The Zamboanga City Police Office under Sr. Supt. Angelito Casimiro immediately dispatched the quick response team to Sta. Catalina and found out that the alleged ASG sighting was purely a rumor.

Just the same, the chief executive told the press briefing in City Hall that the authorities are not taking lightly any rumors involving security of the city.

She thanked the police, the barangay officials and other community leaders for responding to Sunday’s incident in Sta. Catalina.

“We are alert, ready and capable,” Climaco said, and she added that the positive side of these persistent rumors is that “the people and the community whether Moslems, Christians, Lumads and indigenous peoples are (now) vigilant and strongly supportive of our efforts to ensure security.”

However, Climaco urged the people to stop spreading rumors that may cause undue panic and fear among residents of Zamboanga.

“I would like to commend the residents for being vigilant, the barangay officials for staying up even beyond midnight, as well as some leaders in the community,” the mayor said.

“We can never allow people once again to harm our families and our city. As the local chief executive, I will always protect the safety and interest of the people of Zamboanga, especially the children, whose lives are always at stake.” — Vic Larato