City remembers siege heroes on 9th year since attack

The City Government will spearhead a simple yet meaningful program Friday, September 9 commemorating and recognizing the heroes of the 2013 Zamboanga siege.

Mayor John Dalipe and the security sector will lead the ceremonies that will be highlighted by a wreath-laying rite at the Memorial Marker in Rizal Street.

The singing of the national anthem will precede the flower offering. This will be followed by the military honors for the 38 people consisting of 20 soldiers, 5 policemen and 13 civilians who were killed during the 21-day siege that broke out early morning of September 9, 2013.  

The ceremony will wrap up with the message of Mayor Dalipe.

The 2013 siege saw the infiltration of hundreds of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) members loyal to MNLF Misuari leader Nur Misuari in several coastal villages in the city.

More than 100,000 people were displaced, and housed initially in evacuation centers and later to transitory sites. Most of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) have been resettled and or transferred to their permanent homes under the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction or Z3R program. The Z3R, which is still ongoing, is implemented by concerned government agencies such as the National Housing Authority (NHA), Department of Public Works and Highways and utility agencies among others in collaboration with the City Government.   (Sheila Covarrubias)