No curfew in ZC — Celso PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 17:37

Mayor Celso Lobregat clarified yesterday afternoon that there is no curfew in Zamboanga City even as he flatly dismissed text messages circulating in the city that curfew hours are imposed in this part of the country.

“There is no curfew in Zamboanga City. The text messages are not true,” Mayor Lobregat declared, stressing that the curfew was imposed only in Zamboanga Sibugay province, not the entire Zamboanga Peninsula, following a command conference of police and military in the said province.

Lobregat lamented that there people riding on or taking advantage of the situation following the series of attacks by Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) factions in Basilan and Sibugay.

“It is always better to be safe than sorry. We have to be very vigilant but at the same time sober. We have to be very active but let us not be over reactive. We have to be very alert but at the same time calm. That is my message to all barangay officials, police, military and the people of Zamboanga City,” the mayor said.

At the same time, he chief executive said that in the next few days he will be tapping the assistance of the so-called force multipliers to help in the maintenance of peace and order situation in the city in the light of the present situation.

He was referring to the blue guards and other security personnel other than those belonging to the regular forces like the police and the military.

“Barangay officials and tanod should also be on their toes. We have to be very alert but calm,” he repeated. “Let us also pray. We also need a lot of prayers.”
Last Saturday, Lobregat convened the City Peace and Order Council in an effort to assess the security plans in the city. — Vic Larato