More civilians were persuaded to voluntarily hand over their loose firearms as a result of the ongoing campaign against the proliferation of loose firearms by troops under the command and authority of the Western Mindanao Command.
Local government authorities led by Mayor Montasir Sabal handed over one crew-served weapon and eight firearms to the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion in a ceremony held at Talitay Municipal Hall in Maguindanao on January 8, 2021, according to WesMinCom Commander Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr.
Mayor Sabal presented two 60mm mortars, one Colt AR M16 rifle, two locally-made 12 gauge shotguns, two locally-made 7.62mm Sniper rifles, one M1 Garand cal. 30 rifle, one locally-made cal. 38 revolver, and one modified M16 rifle to 2nd MechBn Commander Lt. Col. Omar Orozco. Locals from Talitay’s various barangays, according to Mayor Sabal, handed over the firearms.
Meanwhile, a certain Akmad Usman, 50 years old, married, and a resident of Saloria pondohan, Barangay Sipangkot, Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi handed over one 9mm revolver with three rounds of live ammunition to the marine troops at Sipangkot Detachment while a certain Umbay Sikal Anjah, 44, and a resident of Sapalangkit, Barangay Sipangkot of the same municipality handed over one Colt .45 caliber pistol with one empty magazine and two rounds of live ammunition to the same unit.
Brig. Gen. Arturo Rojas, the newly promoted commander of Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi, said that the marine troops’ consistent community engagement and initiative in holding assembly meetings and security forums in the various municipalities of Tawi-Tawi resulted in the voluntary surrender of loose firearms.
“We would like to attribute this accomplishment to the good governance of the local chief executives,” said Brig. Gen. Rojas.