Five barangay chairmen from the municipality of Pikit, North Cotabato on July 16, 2021 assisted in the government’s war against loose firearms by handing over five high-powered firearms and crew-serve weapons to the military at Pikit Municipal Hall.
Surrendered firearms and crew-serve weapons were one (1) 7.62 M14, one M79, one (1) RPG, one (1) Cal .50mm and one (1) 60mm mortar.
Pikit Mayor, Honorable Sultan Sumulong, and other local leaders of the municipality graced the simple handover ceremony at the Mayor’s Office, Pikit Municipal Hall. The high-powered firearms were presented to Brigadier General Roberto Capulong, 602nd Brigade Commanding Officer, and Lieutenant Colonel Rommel Mundala, Commanding Officer of the 90th Infantry (Bigkis-Lahi) Battalion.
“The absence of loose firearms in our municipality is tantamount to a lesser crime occurrence in the town of Pikit,” said Mayor Sultan.
He emphasized that the local government’s commitment, in conjunction with security personnel, to address the issue of loose and unlicensed firearms, will eventually have an influence on lawlessness.
“This act is a clear manifestation of the support of the barangay captains to the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ disarmament campaign. We at the 602nd Brigade serves as a bridge leading to peace and development in the entire North Cotabato”, BGen. Capulong said.
The show of support for the war against the proliferation of loose firearms by the Local Chief Executive of the municipality of Pikit and the five barangay chairmen thrilled Major General Juvymax R. Uy, Commander of the 6th Infantry (Kampilan) Division and the Joint Task Force Central.
“This is an effort that we, in the military can’t do alone. We need the initiative of the people and our government counterparts to voluntarily surrender their loose firearms. After all, it will serve best for our safety in South and Central Mindanao”, MGen. Uy said.