Let us be firm, united — Celso PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 April 2012 14:47

Mayor Celso Lobregat has renewed his call for Zamboanguenos to stay firm, resolute, committed and united amidst the emergence of what he termed as “dark forces” and the impending “dark clouds and stormy weathers” that the city will be facing in the days ahead. 

Mayor Lobregat issued this call during the program commemorating the 91st birth anniversary of the late Mayor Maria Clara “Ma’am Caling” Lobregat, as he urged Zamboanguenos to continuously adhere to the perpetual call of the late mayor “Man Juntu-junto kita” (Let us remain united) in facing all adversities and even in times of triumphs.

Specifically, the chief executive mentioned about the recent signing by the government and the MILF peace panels of the so-called “Decision Points on Principles that contains a list of initial agreements that will serve as a guide in the discussions on the substantive agenda of the negotiations.”

“Just the other day, there was an announcement about a breakthrough in the talks between the government and the MILF which caught everybody by surprise,” the mayor said, referring to the outcome of the 27th exploratory talks in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last Tuesday, April 24, the very day when the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) approved a resolution urging the government peace panel to immediately consult with the local government chief executives in Western Mindanao relative to the peace talks.

“We just realized again that there was signing of some sort and again we were never consulted,” he said. In fact, he lamented that he has been asking GPH panel chief Atty. Marvic Leonen to come to Zamboanga for a consultation since August last but to no avail until today.

The mayor likewise cited numerous other challenges that the city is beset with at present that requires strength, determination and unity to help Zamboanguenos carry through difficult days and hours of triumph.

“So again we have to be firm, resolute and committed and make sure that the dark forces, dark clouds and the stormy weathers that we will be facing, will be confronted with unity,” he said. “Again we will have to be together and united”.

He stressed that Ma’am Caling’s call for people to unite (man juntu-junto kita), has been proven to have worked wonders for the Zamboanguenos many times in the past. “Every time we are facing challenges, adversities, the majority of the people of Zamboanga unite, some sectors some and some people try to take advantage of the situation but the majority of the people unite and rally behind our beloved city and we are seeing that again and again”. — Sheila Covarrubias