In a simple yet meaningful program, the City Government led by Mayor John Dalipe together with police and military forces Friday, September 9, honored the fallen and living 9-9-13 heroes, who laid their lives for a cause which is deeply respected and appreciated by all Zamboanguenos.
In his message, Dalipe described the 2013 siege as a historical moment where residents gathered as one Zamboanga City showing that “resiliency of people is a testament that our togetherness speaks of so much power.” “As we remember those who sacrificed their lives for us, may we be inspired by their living legacy of giving us liberty,” the mayor said.
The ceremony, held at the marker of siege fallen heroes at Rizal Street, was attended by Vice Mayor Josephine Pareja and Councilors Lilibeth Nuno, Al Jihan Edding, Dan Vicente, Jerome Santos, El King Omaga, Eddie Saavedra, Carry Pioc, Vino Guingona and Fred Atilano, City Administrator Mario Yanga, Acting City Police Director Col. Alex Lorenzo, Task Force Zamboanga Chief Col. Randolph Rojas, MBLT 11 Commander LtCol. Ronald Urbano and representatives from the Naval Forces Western Mindanao, Philippine Air Force and Philippine Coast Guard among others.
Honored were the 38 people killed during the 21-day siege – 20 soldiers, 5 policemen and 13 civilians.
Dalipe added “we will never forget the 9th of September but we will rise above the historical event carrying a renewed faith to humanity as we work together for a more progressive, more developed Ciudad de Zamboanga.”
On the other hand, the mayor on Thursday issued Executive Order 046, an order remembering the valor and gallantry of 38 security forces and civilian fallen heroes, and commemorating September 9 of every year as “Day of Remembrance” in observance of the days of infamy of the Sept 2013 Zamboanga siege and for other related purposes. (Sheila Covarrubias)