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Beng honors Alvarez, security forces on Dia de Alvarez

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Defending the country is the paramount duty of every resident, said Mayor Beng Climaco as she led the City in honoring the legacy of the late General Vicente Alvarez Thursday, May 18.

“We will experience battles, but what he [General Vicente Alvarez] showed to us is that we must defend the Republic of the Philippines at all times. And that is the message we would like to share with you, and we should be proud of,” Climaco said, addressing local government officials and employees, national government agencies, the security forces, and the family and relatives of General Alvarez who gathered for the morning mass and commemorative program.

The local chief executive also took the opportunity to accord high praise to the men and women in uniform who continue to exemplify the bravery and gallantry of General Alvarez in their vigilance and defense of the City and its residents.

“To all the forces present today, on behalf of the local government, we would like to say thank you very much. Muchisimas gracias for protecting Zamboanga City. We will continually cooperate with you to bring about security, health, and education,” Climaco said.

In her message, Climaco recounted the efforts of General Alvarez to defend the country’s sovereignty which resulted in the surrender of Spanish forces on May 18, 1899 at Fort Pilar, making the City as one of the last bastions of Spanish rule.

“After one year in battle, it was Zamboanga City who held the Fort last, that’s why we have Fort Pilar, which was the battle front where General Vicente fought,” she said.

The Dia de General Vicente Alvarez is held annually on May 18 in honor of General Vicente Alvarez, pursuant to City Ordinance 334. (Jasmine Mohammadsali)




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