As a result of the continuing campaign against the proliferation of loose firearms of the units under the command and control of the Western Mindanao Command, more civilians were convinced to voluntarily hand over their loose firearms.
WestMinCom Commander Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr. said the local government officials led by Mayor Montasir Sabal handed over one crew-served weapon and eight firearms to the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion in a ceremony held at Talitay Municipal Hall in Maguindanao on the morning of January 8, 2021.
Mayor Sabal handed over the following firearms to 2nd MechBn Commander Lt. Col. Omar Orozco; one 60mm mortar, one Colt AR M16 rifle, two locally-made 12 gauge Shotgun, two locally-made 7.62mm Sniper rifle, one M1 Garand cal. 30 rifle, one locally-made cal. 38 revolver, and one modified M16 rifle. Mayor Sabal said the firearms were handed over by the locals from the different barangays of Talitay.
Meanwhile, a certain Akmad Usman, 50 years old, married, and a resident of Saloria pondohan, Barangay Sipangkot, Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi handed over one 9mm revolver with three rounds of live ammunition to the marine troops at Sipangkot Detachment while a certain Umbay Sikal Anjah, 44, and a resident of Sapalangkit, Barangay Sipangkot of the same municipality handed over one Colt .45 caliber pistol with one empty magazine and two rounds of live ammunition to the same unit.
The newly-promoted commander of the Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi Brig. Gen. Arturo Rojas said the consistent community engagement and initiative of the marine troops in conducting assembly meetings and security forums to the different municipalities of Tawi-Tawi resulted in the voluntary surrender of loose firearms.
“We would like to attribute this accomplishment to the good governance of the local chief executives,” said Brig. Gen. Rojas.
~Press release and photos courtesy of the Western Mindanao Command