The local government of Talitay, Maguindanao on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, handed over eight firearms to the military, according to Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) Acting Commander Maj. Gen. Generoso Ponio.
The local government of Talitay, represented by Municipal Caretaker Fahad J. Midtimbang and former Assemblyman Sidik Ameril, surrendered eight high-powered firearms to Col. Pedro Balisi, Jr., Commander of the 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade, through the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion under Lt. Col. Samuel.
“I applaud the efforts of the local government officials, our stakeholders, and the people of Talitay for their support to our persistent campaign against the proliferation of loose firearms,” said Col. Balisi, Jr.
One 60mm mortar, one M14 rifle, two Garand rifles, one Carbine rifle, one Barrette, one Shotgun, and one M79 grenade launcher were among the items handed up. Citizens willingly surrendered these firearms with the help of other stakeholders in the municipality as well as the LGU itself. The 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion has been entrusted with the safeguarding of the weaponry.
“With the overwhelming support from the local government units and other sectors in central Mindanao, we vow to sustain our campaign against unlicensed firearms,” said Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, Joint Task Force Central Commander.
“Let us continue to converge to destroy all implements of violence and end hostilities in the area,” he added.