Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar called on local residents to continue to stay united and to “love and defend this city.”
Salazar made the call as she led the celebration of the 121st Independence Day.
“Today, I call on you, let us unite to protect the patrimony of the republic by way of loving our country,” Salazar said as she also urged the residents to defend the city.
Salazar reminded the residents to always protect the interest of the majority “instead of our personal interest.”
She also recognized the heroism of Gen. Vicente Alvarez, a Zamboangueño revolutionary general, who led the revolution here which forced the surrender on May 18, 1899 of the last Spanish Governor-General of the Philippines, Diego delos Rios, effectively ending the Spanish occupation in the country.
She noted the city’s “significant role” in achieving the Philippine Independence since the last battle between the Filipino and Spanish troops happened because delos Rios was based in Fort Pilar.
The Independence Day celebration gathered the civil and military personnel as well as members of the cross section of the society at the Rizal Plaza in front of the 112 years old City Hall.
This year’s commemoration of the Independence Day is anchored on the theme “Tapang ng Bayan, Malasakit sa Mamamayan.” (PNA)
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