Beng vows to fight vs siege perpetrators until the very end Print
Monday, 10 September 2018 12:28

Mayor Beng Climaco has vowed to pursue the legal battle against perpetrators of the 2013 Zamboanga siege until the very end, as she stressed the battlecry “never again Zamboanga City.”

Climaco together with Western Mindanao Command Chief  MGen. Ariel de la Vega yesterday spearheaded activities remembering the fallen and living heroes of the 2013 siege in ceremonies held at the heroes’ marker in Rizal Street.  The concert of valor and a special program for the ‘Children of Hope’, children born on Sept. 9, 2013 highlighted the commemorative event.

“Under my watch I made sure that I have to fight legally this act done on the people of Zamboanga and we will continue to do so. We have set an amount of P2M for the legal battle against MNLF and we will continue to stand by it, because our battlecry is ‘never again Zamboanga City,” Mayor Climaco declared. She said she is expected to be called by the Pasig Regional Trial Court anytime this month to testify as the main complainant in the charges against the siege perpetrators.

She emphasized: “We stand pat on our decision to pursue the case as because we should not forget what was done in the city and even as a female mayor, I stand firm and curse any attack done on our people, particularly to hold the MNLF accountable for the 2013 siege.”

On the other hand, in terms of the implementation of the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R), the mayor said the program is 80% done though some difficulties are being encountered due to some inferior housing units and structures.

She said the city government is closely collaborating with the National Housing Authority (NHA), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and other concerned agencies for the retrofitting of the fallen bridge in Rio Hondo and defective houses.

The NHA has committed to do the retrofitting with the allocation of additional funds for the purpose, the mayor said.  (Sheila Covarrubias)