A resident of Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi, surrendered his unlicensed pistol to marine soldiers. on Wednesday afternoon, January 13.
According to Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., Commander of the Western Mindanao Command, Sariul Jul Anggay, 55, married, and a resident of Sitio Basa, Barangay Sipangkot of the said municipality, turned over one Springfield M1 Garand rifle with a magazine and two rounds of live ammunition to the marine troops at the Sipangkot Detachment at around 1:50 PM.
“The series of turn-over in Sitangkai is a good development on our campaign against loose firearms. With this, we will sustain this campaign in cooperation with the local government units and other stakeholders,” said Lt. Gen. Vinluan, Jr.
The surrendered firearms and ammunition were handed over to the Sipangkot Detachment for safekeeping.
“Anggay signed an affidavit regarding the voluntary surrender of loose firearm and ammunition,” said Lt. Col. Henry Espinosa, Commanding Officer of the Marine Battalion Landing Team-12.
“This is a manifestation of his willingness to live a peaceful life and adhere to the law of the land,” Lt. Col. Espinosa added.
Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Arturo Rojas, Commander of Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi, praised the MBLT-12 troops for their substantial contributions to the war against stray guns.
“Let us continue to intensify our campaign and maintain stability and peace in our area of operation,” Brig. Gen. Rojas added.