During the first eight months of 2021, the government’s fight against the proliferation of unsecured guns yielded 56 firearms in Tawi-Tawi.
Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., Commander of the Western Mindanao Command said the peace efforts of the local government of Tawi-Tawi and Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi convinced more civilians to hand over their loose firearms to the government forces.
On August 9, 2021, seven undocumented firearms were handed over by Panglima Sugala Mayor Nurbert Sahali to Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi/2nd Marine Brigade Commander, Col. Romeo Racadio at the Municipal Hall of Panglima Sugala, Tawi-Tawi.
According to Col. Racadio, this is a result of the sustained efforts of the Marine Battalion Landing Team 12 led by Lt. Col. Charlie Caña, the Philippine National Police, and the local government officials.
The ceremonial turnover of loose firearms was witnessed by the barangay officials of Tongbangkaw, the same town.
“Together with the barangay officials, we continue to conduct security forums in the communities to convince the holders to surrender their undocumented/unlicensed firearms to avoid penalty,” said Lt. Col. Caña.
Handed over were two M16A1 rifles, three cal. 45 pistols, one Garand rifle, and one ART Colt 15/K69 with scope.
“These firearms were surrendered by the residents of Tongbangkaw,” said Col. Racadio.
Since January 2021, Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi recovered a total of 56 loose firearms, 35 of which are high-powered and 21 are low-powered.
“This success is attributable to the interagency collaboration of the AFP together with the local government units and other law enforcement agencies in Tawi-Tawi. This contributed to the stable peace and order situation of the province,” said Lt. Ge. Vinluan, Jr.