Mayor to siege victims: Let's continue to be resilient Print
Monday, 23 July 2018 14:04

Mayor Beng Climaco the other day exhorted families affected by the 2013 Zamboanga siege to continuously remain resilient amidst the challenges, stressing that the struggle of the victims will not be over without giving them the justice they deserve.

Speaking at the Consultation Workshop on IDP Concerns organized by humanitarian partners Friday, the mayor assured that she will fight for justice being the sole signatory in the case versus the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) for the 201 attack in the city.

“As your mayor, I will fight for justice. We cannot just be attacked, suffer and then forget (everything),” Climaco emphasized, as she announced that the first hearing for the case is set in August in Manila.

She said the present state of the city is a result of what happened in 2013 due to people’s resilience. “Whatever happened in 2013 led us to what we are now. We are resilient and let us remain to be so.”

Consultation Workshop on IDP Concerns was initiated by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and other agencies aimed to identify current issues and concerns of IDPs in transitory sites and permanent shelters for presentation and resolution to the local government unit and other concerned stakeholders.

The mayor thanked the humanitarian partners, non-government organizations and all agencies that continue to help victims through various interventions.  (Sheila Covarrubias)