Roxas keynotes 79th Dia, calls for continued unity PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 February 2016 12:05

By VIC LARATO

Former Interior and Local Government Secretary now presidential aspirant of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) Mar Roxas has urged the Zamboangueños to stay united and rally behind the local government under the leadership of Mayor Beng Climaco in the effort to further transform Zamboanga into a more resilient, progressive and peaceful city in Mindanao.

In his call for unity during the 79th Dia de Zamboanga celebration Friday, Roxas said Zamboanga’s symbol, a vinta with colorful sails, is in itself a representation of unity.

He said the pieces of cloth in different colors sewn together to make a vinta sail typifies unity.

“Kung hiwa-hiwalay ang sinulid na yan, sinulid lang yan na asul, dilaw, puti at kung anu-ano pang kulay. Pero, pag ang sinulid na yan pinagsama at tinahi na isang tela, nakikita natin na ang sinulid na yan ay bahagi ng mas malaki at paki-pakinabang na bagay—one colorful sail used for tourism promotion,” he said.

That, according to Roxas, is the lesson of Zamboanga’s history.

However, he lamented that there are people who want to break the city’s chain of unity.

“Maraming tao nais na maghiwa-hiwalay tayo. Maraming taong, yung mang-gugulo, yung iba-iba ang agenda, yung mga gusto na manira lang. Gusto nila na mawala ang tiwala natin sa isa’-isa…tiwala ng buong komunidad Kristiyano, Muslim o Lumad,” he further said.

Roxas also said Zamboanga’s 79th Charter Day celebration was a time to look back and think about Zamboanga’s colorful history.

“This is an occasion where we think of our shared past. It also gives us the opportunity to look forward and think about our shared future, our shared destiny,” he said.

Also joining the Dia de Zambonga celebration were Roxas’s LP tandem, vice presidentiable Leni Robredo together with Senate President Franklin Drilon, Senator Ralph Recto and senatoriable Mark Lapid in the company of his actor turned Senator-father Lito Lapid.

The program at Paseo del Mar lasted almost 8 p.m. was preceded by a civic-military parade.- Vic Larato

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