Celso bids Pascual goodbye, welcomes Macasero to TFZ PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 October 2012 14:31

Recognizing the critical role that Task Force Zamboanga plays in keeping the city safe and sound, Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday bade Col. Buenaventura C. Pascual a sweet goodbye as he moves to a higher path in his military career and welcomed Col. Glenn G. Macasero as the new TFZ commander.

“Thank you for all the things that you and TFZ have done to keep Zamboanga City not only safe but sound as well. As we say goodbye, we hope to see you in Zamboanga perhaps in the future and in another assignment,” Lobregat said of Col. Pascual, who will soon assume as commander of the Army’s 103rd Infantry Brigade based in Davao del Norte.

“I am sure you (Pascual) will be receiving your star very soon and you still have a long and colorful military career ahead,” Lobregat added even as he was happy to hear the new TFZ commander Col. Macasero when the latter vowed to continue everything that has been done by Col. Pascual and other previous TFZ commanders.

According to the mayor, the relationship between the city government and the TFZ has always been very good and synergetic mainly because of the collaborative and coordinative efforts among all players in keeping the peace. “This kind of relationship exists especially because of the trust and confidence that we have for each other.”

He said during two-year stint of Col. Pascual as TFZ commander many things (incidents) had transpired, among which was the encounter on an island off Taluksangay last year wherein a TFZ trooper was killed and three others were injured.

“But in all these instances the police and TFZ were reporting to me and whatever information we had we shared it to them, and whatever information they (the police and TFZ) had they informed me because they knew (and still know) that this mayor will always make sure every intelligence information is kept confidential and we operate on the ‘need-to-know’ basis,” Lobregat told Col. Macasero. “So, welcome to Zamboanga. We hope during your stint everything will be very, very peaceful in the city,” he added.

The mayor further informed Macasero that he is the type of mayor who works beyond time that he used to call Col. Pascual regardless of time every day, especially when there were problems in peace and order.

“So my first request is for you to give me your cellphone number. Not only that we will be txtmates but we will be calling each other (regardless of time again) very often, sometimes and many times during the day. If we don’t call each other up or hindi tayo ng t-txt, that means no news is good news,” the chief executive told the new TFZ commander.

“When things happen, we have to be in constant touch with each other, practically 24 hours of the day because in Zamboanga we do things right with a sense of urgency. We cannot do it alone. We need our partners, especially TFZ,” he added.

Lobregat said Zamboanga City is right at the doorstep of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi (and Zamboanga Peninsula), and the city’s strategic location is also sometimes the cause of peace and order problems.

“With this, you really have a big responsibility on your shoulders but I am sure you will do what is expected to keep the peace,” he told Col. Macasero, former hails from the 101st Army Brigade in Zamboanga del Sur.

Presiding over the change of command ceremony at TFZ headquarters in Malagutay yesterday was Maj. Gen. Ricardo Rainer G. Cruz III, commander of the First Infantry (Tabak) Division of the Philippine Army. — Vic Larato