Pnoy to Zambo folks: Stay united while recovering from Sept. siege PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 December 2013 13:35

President Benigno Aquino III on Sunday exhorted residents of this city to remain united and to work as one as they continue to recover from the effects of a failed siege by followers of Moro National Liberation Front founding chairman Nur Misuari last September.

In his speech before residents affected by September’s fighting, the President likened efforts by residents to recover to a group that goes out caroling - the efforts will fail if some members sing out of tune.

“Pag nag-caroling at may sintunado o ibang kinakanta baka walang lalabas sa caroling natin. Kailangan para mapabilis ito, kapit-bisig. Damayan tayo, tulungan tayo dahil dapat ang pakay natin maibalik kayo sa mas maayos sa lalong madaling panahon (When people go out caroling and one of them sings out of tune, the singing flops. In this present situation, we must be united and help each other if we want to recover quickly),” he said.

Residents of this city are still recovering from the effects of September’s attempt by Misuari’s followers to occupy parts of the city.

Government forces managed to repel Misuari’s followers after nearly a month of fighting, which displaced several residents.

During his speech, President Aquino also presented to the residents the government’s strategy to rebuild their communities.

He said the government is allocating at least P3.5 billion for the road map to recovery and reconstruction, which includes shelter assistance, repair of infrastructure, and assistance to some 5,600 affected families.

On the other hand, the President stressed the bunkhouses the affected families are staying in now are temporary.

In the meantime, he urged them to remain strong and united and serve as a source of strength and hope for their fellow Filipinos. article=2131387723860#sthash.SLY0K4Yo.dpuf