By CHRIS V. PANGANIBAN, Contributing Editor
SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur—The grand celebration of the 8-day Naliyagan Festival 2017 in this province on June 10-17 will push through as scheduled despite declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao.
Manuel Rosaut, President and CEO of Nalaiyagan Stakeholders Foundation, Inc., said in a statement that the violent extremism and it’s ideologies will not stop them from celebrating their culture and heritage highlighted in the Naliyagan Festival.
Rosaut however urged residents in the province to be vigilant and cooperate by reporting to authorities any suspicious acts that may disrupt the celebration amid the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao.
“In the light of terror attacks in Marawi, the Naliyagan Stakeholders Foundation together with its key partners condemn this senseless act of violence that threatens the people of Mindanao,” he said in a statement.
For his part, Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Santiago Cane Jr., chair of Naliyagan Festival Executive Committee, said the proclamation of Martial Law has nothing to do with the celebration of Naliyagan Festival.
Cane said the declaration of Martial Law would even help a more secure celebration with the military and police in full alert against any attempt of violent acts.
“The celebration is noble not evil. Only evil and their evil deeds should have fears in the declaration of martial law,” Cane said.
Organizers are preparing a bigger and colorful celebration since Agusan del Sur will be paying tribute to its 50th founding anniversary and the 25th anniversary of Naliyagan Festival.
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