Beng saddened by Archie’s demise; eyes steps to address security issue PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 April 2012 14:41

House Deputy Speaker Climaco was saddened by the death of Universidad de Zamboanga President Dr. Arturo “Archie” Eustaquio III who was gunned down by unidentified gunmen at Sta. Maria early afternoon of Sunday.

“I am saddened by the loss of a dear friend, Dr. Arturo Eustaquio and my prayers and profound symphaties goes to his family,” said Climaco upon hearing the news of the shooting incident.

“Being an educator, I value the efforts of Dr. Arturo Eustaquio and his family  in upgrading the status of education in the City of Zamboanga. His legacy of leading, the then Zamboanga A.E. Colleges to be accredited as a University and the establishment of the ZAEC Medical Center are great feats that can never be easily surpassed,” shared Climaco, who still vividly recalls her close encounters with Eustaquio in various events she attended with UZ.

In the light of this recent killing, Rep. Climaco called for the police to exert all means and efforts in the full extent of their authority to be able to resolve the case and bring the perpetrators behind bars. On her part, she addressed the issues on security besetting Zamboanga City when she met recently Police Director General Nicanor Bartolome in Congress and met with PNP Regional Office 9 head Chief. Supt. Napoleon Estilles last Friday in Zamboanga City.

“We discussed various measures such as the creation of force multipliers that would augment our police force.  In our district, barangays are also expected to have communication equipment to reinforce their capability of responding to emergencies. I also met with the head of Task Force Zamboanga  and asked them to submit concerns to be included in the National Budget of 2013,” said Climaco. 

As congresswoman, Climaco already donated five brand new vehicles to the local police through her funds and also turned over L300 vehicles to the barangays in her District. In addition, she initiated security trainings to barangay tanods and other security personnel to enhance the Barangay Emergency
Network Group.

“We  enjoin our police and our military to review the security measures implemented in Zamboanga City in the midst of the killing incidences. They must always keep vigilant and determined to do their sworn duty to put an end to all this killings. They can also consider the option of a total gun ban  and rest assured that we are willing to continue our support to our men.  Let us all help keep our beloved city safe because it is everybody’s shared responsibility” concluded Climaco. — Christian Olasiman