A resident of Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi, handed over his unlicensed firearm to the marine troops on Wednesday afternoon, January 13.
According to Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., Commander of the Western Mindanao Command, a certain Sariul Jul Anggay, 55 years old, 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 p.m., same day.
“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 turned over loose firearm and ammunition were placed under the custody of 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 the Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi, lauded the troops of the MBLT-12 for the significant accomplishments in the campaign against loose firearms.
“Let us continue to intensify our campaign and maintain stability and peace in our area of operation,” Brig. Gen. Rojas added. — Western Mindanao Command