Zambo curfew lifted-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Monday, December 2, 2013
THE City Crisis Management Committee (CMC) has lifted the curfew in Zamboanga City on Monday, ensuring the public that peace and order has returned since September’s standoff.
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) City Director Mohammad Arakama announced Monday the lifting of the curfew during the memorial rites honoring the fallen and living heroes of the 20-day siege in September held in front of the City Hall.
The curfew was lifted under CMC resolution 42 approved in a meeting held last Thursday following the recommendations from the military and police.
“Resolved, as it is hereby resolved to approve the recommendation of the Task Force Zamboanga and the Zamboanga City Police Office the lifting of curfew hours in Zamboanga city starting December 2,” Arakama said as he read part of the approved resolution.
Earlier, the CMC imposed a 10-hour curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. citing the critical peace and order situation when hundreds of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels infiltrated this city last September 9.
The curfew was later shortened to six hours from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. and then to four hours from 12 midnight to 4 a.m.
Thousands of Zamboangueños gathered in front of City Hall Monday morning to pay tribute to the 38 slain soldiers, policemen and civilians. They also honored and recognized the contributions of the survivors in defending Zamboanga City from the MNLF rebels.
CMC chairman Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said the local government is now concentrating its efforts on recovery and rehabilitation.
Salazar said that President Benigno Aquino, III has tasked the local government to immediately identify sites for the construction of permanent shelters.
The President is also set to meet this week in Manila with concerned agencies to discuss about this city’s rehabilitation plans.