ON ARCHIE’S GUNSLAY: Celso: ‘we will not rest’ PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:47

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday joined members of the Eustaquio family and the Universidad de Zamboanga (UZ) community in a tribute to the slain university president Arturo “Archie” Eustaquio III, as he expressed assurance that authorities are doing everything they can to give peace and justice not only to Archie but to other victims of shooting incidents in the city.

Dubbed as Presidential Tribute to the late Arturo Eustaquio III, the event, held at the Summit Center in Tetuan was capped by the official statement of the UZ and the Eustaquio family on the death of the UZ president, read by Atty. Linda Eustaquio-Lim. The statement talked about the family’s grief over its irreparable loss and challenged city leaders and military and police authorities to come up with swift safety and security measures.

Mayor Lobregat, who was with District 1 Congresswoman Beng Climaco, Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde and members of the City Council during the event, positively received the statement stressing that he understands the family’s emotion and devastation brought about by the death of the UZ president.

“At this point in time the family really is in grief, you have people [who] are in shock— [feeling] from pain to grief, from frustration maybe to anger, but as mayor and as chief executive I can assure you that we will not rest until we give peace and justice to the death of Archie and the other victims [of similar incidents]”, the mayor asserted.

Mayor Lobregat has met with Atty. Lim the past few days where he was told about the forthcoming statement to be issued by the family related to Eustaquio’s death. “She said ‘mayor this is nothing personal’ and I am not taking it personally”.

On the other hand, the chief executive said the results of the ballistic tests on the gun and slugs recovered from the crime scene in the Guiwan shootout with suspected Eustaquio perpetrators are expected soon.

The slugs were sent to Manila prior to the Holy Week break for further ballistic tests and confirmation of preliminary tests done in the city.

The tests will confirm whether or not the gun and bullets used in the Guiwan shootout were the same as those used in the April 1 fatal shooting of Eustaquio in Sta. Maria.

The mayor declined to reveal the motive of the incident but said there are many angles and leads being pursued.

The presidential tribute was attended by the UZ community, Eustaquio family, local government officials and representatives from various sectors. The event kicked off with a mass followed by message tributes from various individuals, tribute performances and audio visual presentations extolling the good works and life of the late Eustaquio. — Sheila Covarrubias