Mayor Climaco leads Independence Day fete PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 13 June 2016 11:39

Mayor Beng Climaco Sunday spearheaded the local celebration of the 118th Philippine Independence at the Rizal Monument fronting City Hall, as she reiterated her call for Zamboanguenos to remain united and supportive of the new president and other elected officials of the land.

Assisted by Mayor Cesar Iturralde, Climaco led the wreath laying rites followed by the flag-raising ceremony and a brief yet meaningful program that was attended by multi-sectoral groups including the police and military, national government agencies, academe, Boy Scouts of the Philippines, Knights of Columbus and other numerous other groups.

“As a city we praise the Lord for the victory of the Philippine flag,” the mayor said recalling the September 9 siege caused by renegades who wanted to raise the MNLF flag at City Hall. “We all stood pat and did not give in to their demand. Never will we allow the raising of other flags [in City Hall].”

The chief executive thanked all those who took time to join in the celebration despite it being a Sunday. “Your presence is a show of your love for the nation, por amor de un bandera, de un nacion, un ciudad de Zamboanga bajo na Republica de Filipinas”.

In her message, Mayor Climaco also cited the police and the military for their steadfast commitment to keep the peace in Zamboanga pointing out that security is always a challenge.

Nevertheless, she said, the city should be one in the effort to attain peace and security and in support of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte for the best interest of the city and residents—be they Christians, Muslims or Lumads.

Also present during the event were OIC Police Regional Director PCSupt. Billy Beltran, City Police OIC Director PSSupt. Luisito Magnaye and other officials. — Sheila Covarrubias