The Western Mindanao State University, headed by university President Dr. Milabel Enriquez Ho, joined the commemoration of the 119th Philippine Independence Day on June 12, 2017 at the Rizal Park fronting the City Hall.
Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Secretary Jesus Dureza graced the event which was attended by multisectoral groups in the city. Sec. Dureza lauded the strength and determination of the Zamboangueños for moving forward after the 2013 Zamboanga Siege. He said that conflicts bring destruction and that the things that were destroyed or burned during conflicts can easily be repaired but building back social relationships take time.
Dureza emphasized that every citizen has a responsibility towards peace building. “If we want peace, we must first have inner peace within ourselves,” he said. He also underlined the contributions of past and present heroes who offered their lives for the country and the people. (Liezel M. Parreño, WMSU-PAO)