Villaflores: Sta. Catalina residents to commemorate Zamboanga seige Print
Thursday, 06 September 2018 16:45

District II Councilor Jimmy Villaflores yesterday disclosed that residents of Barangay Sta. Catalina will have a simple commemoration of the infamous Zamboanga siege on September 9, Sunday.

According to Councilor Villaflores, the activity will start with a mass at 8 a.m. at the Martha Drive Chapel where city officials led by Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar are expected to attend.

Righ after the holy mass, a mass bloodletting, organized by the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) of Sta, Catalina and the Barangay Council, shall immediately follow.

“We’re inviting residents of the Sta. Catalina and friends from the neighboring barangays to come and join us in the holy mass on Sunday. This is one way of showing unity, solidarity, faith and triumph after overcoming adversity during the 2013 infamous Zamboanga siege,” Villaflores told reporters in an interview.

He said that despite the sufferings and agony caused by the Zamboanga siege, the people of Sta, Catalina, which is the most affected and devastated barangay during the siege, have risen to the challenge and are now living a normal life.

“Above all, we are grateful to the Almighty God for his mantel of protection and blessings, for if not for Him, we might not be here to plan for this simple commemoration,” Villaflores, whose family were almost taken hostage during the siege, stressed.

It can be recalled that the 2013 Zamboanga siege perpetrated by the Misuari-led Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) faction have attacked the city and occupied the barangays of Talon-Talon, Mampang, Kasanyagan, Sta. Barbara and Rio Hondo.

The almost 30-day siege caused numerous fatalities and casualties not only to the police and military troops and even to the MNLF but also to innocent civilians.—Jemuel E. Mojica