‘Balitandaan’ marker unveiled PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 14:21

Recognizing Zamboangueños’ strength when faced with tragedy, a marker was unveiled yesterday outside the Camp Eduardo Batalla along R.T. Lim Boulevard in line with the 25th anniversary celebration of the TV Patrol news program.

Gracing the occasion, Mayor Celso Lobregat extolled ABS-CBN for taking advantage of the media sector’s influence on the public with its successful advocacies that have inspired Filipinos, especially the usually indifferent youths, to take active involvement in significant local and national events.

“This is proven true by your “Ako ang Simula” and “Bayan Mo, Ipatrol Mo” advocacies which have inspired Filipinos, mostly the youths, to break out of their apathy and get involved. It may only take a handful to initiate change but without the support and participation of the community, no movement will gain any footing,” he said.

Meanwhile, Lobregat urged media practitioners in the city not to abuse their press freedom saying that here in Zamboanga, the media sector has been enjoying press freedom all through the years. “But press freedom is not absolute and comes with great responsibility.”

Representing the station’s head office, Serior reporter George Cariño explained the marker is to celebrate not what happened during the Cawa-Cawa Siege but the strength of the Zamboangueño people, citing how the city is able to bounce back despite being hit by tragedies such as the notorious Cawa-Cawa Siege where renegade policeman Rizal Alih held hostage several employees of the Philippine Constabulary – Integrated National Police including two senior officers, Brig. Gen. Eduardo Batalla and Col. Romeo Abendan.

Regional news head Queenie Casimiro and sales head Lulu Gerolaga recounted their memories of the siege. Gerolaga, then a reporter of the city’s First United Broadcasting Corporation (FUBC) station, joined seasoned broadcast journalists Chari Villa and Dindo Amparo in covering the siege. — Claudine Uniana