City honors fallen troops, civilians-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Monday, September 30, 2013
MAYOR Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar led the lowering of the flag to half mast on Monday in honor of the fallen troops and civilians killed at the height of the standoff in Zamboanga City.
Regular works resumed at the different City Government offices holding office at the Zamboanga City Hall main and annex except for offices near the areas where the fighting happened.
"Instead of having our regular flag ceremony, the ringing of the siren, today is our first working day to go back to City Hall," Salazar made the declaration in front of City Hall.
"Today, we will lower our flag at half mast in honor to those who gave their lives in defending our city. We will continue going back to work, with courage, and one day together we will raise again our flag," Salazar added.
The Philippine flag had been hoisted at the City Hall's flagpole since the standoff started last September 9, when hundreds of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels infiltrated the city.
Twenty-three troops -- 18 soldiers and five policemen -- were killed while 194 others -- 179 soldiers and 15 police -- were wounded in the standoff.
Twelve civilians were killed while 72 others were wounded.
The offices located near the critical area are the City Health Office, the City Social Welfare and Development Office, and the City Civil Registrar. The three offices are located in the village of Zone IV and closed to the boundary with Sta. Barbara.
City Hall information officer Sheila Covarrubias the personnel of the mentioned offices have reported at City Hall except for those who are detailed in evacuation centers.