Celso to Zamboangueños: Remember own heroism, bravery PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 June 2017 16:24

Congressman Celso Lobregat calls on all Zamboangeños to remember their own way of displaying heroism and bravery many times in the past until the present, amidst the challenges being confronted by the city.

The 119th Independence Day celebration with the theme, ”Kalayaan 2017, PagbabagongSama-SamangBalikatin,” reminds all residents of Zamboanga city the strong determination they displayed supporting all the endeavors of the government in protecting the best interest of the city. He said.

Lobregat recalled that the constituents of the city had endured and fought hard for its independence from all propositions and aggressionsthat put at stake the freedom and future of the city.

The solon is referring to the fight of the local leaders headed by then Mayor Ma. Clara Lobregat from the Southern Philippines Council for Peace and Development (SPCPD) issues, to the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD), up to the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) wherein Congressman Lobregatwas one with the people of Zamboanga in making sure that the rights of every Zamboangeñowas upheld.

The devastation confronted by the city in September 2013 siege perpetrated by rouge members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) hadtested bravery of every Zamboangueno who never left the city and supported the military and the police in the fight against terror.

He said that “No teVayas de Zamboanga”was the battlecry after the war and until now,thefight continues to uphold the freedom and democracy ofthe city.

“I am for peace. I am not anti-peace. Rest assured that I will be there ‘till the very end, fighting for Zamboanga City’s interest, standing firm for what is best for Mindanao, defending the constitution and protecting the republic,” Lobregat said.

The Philippines will celebrate today its 119th Independence Day, also known as Araw ng Kalayaan, which marks the Philippine Declaration of Independence from Spain in 1898.

June 12 is also remembered as National Flag Day to commemorate the day the national flag was unfurled in Emilio Aguinaldo’s residence in Kawit, Cavite. All offices, agencies and instrumentalities of government, business establishments, institutions of learning and private homes are enjoined to display the flag by virtue of RA 8491, dated February 12, 1998 signed by Pres. Fidel V. Ramos.

The flag is seen in various places across towns and cities in the Philippines during the country’s Independence Day. Many cars also sport miniature flags on this day.(Dexter Yap/PR)