The local government unit of Sitangkai turned over seven loose firearms to the Marine Battalion Landing Team-12 on Friday, September 10, 2021.
In a brief ceremony held at the MBLT-12 headquarters, Sitangkai Municipal Administrator Hji. Julpin Sajili gave the firearms to Col. Romeo Racadio, Commander of Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi.
According to Col. Racadio, this is a result of the heightened battle against loose firearms under the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition (RA 10591) and Small Arms & Light Weapons (SALW) Program.
“This accomplishment manifests the trust and confidence of the people of Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi to the government agencies as they feel secured living in their communities,” said Col. Racadio.
Two M1 Garand rifles, two Garand Spring Fields, one M16A1 rifle, and two Carbines were among the weapons surrendered. The villagers of Sitangkai were the ones who handed them over.
“MBLT-12 will continue to support other Law Enforcement Agencies and continue to conduct dialogue/lateral coordination with the Local Government Units (LGUs) and other sectors to intensify the Campaign Against Loose Firearms and Ammunitions,” said Lt. Col. Charlie Caña, Battalion Commander of MBLT-12.
A total of 66 have been given over to the military in Tawi-Tawi since January 2021, 45 of which are high-powered and 21 of which are low-powered.
“We continue to encourage owners to surrender their undocumented firearms to avoid being penalized,” said Maj. Gen. Generoso Ponio, Acting Commander of Western Mindanao Command.
“This is our big move to address the root cause of criminalities in our area of operation,” he added.