Four more loose high-powered firearms were yielded by the local chief executives of Tugaya, Bacolod-Kalawi, and Madamba to the 55th Infantry Battalion in Lanao del Sur at 10am yesterday, October 29, 2019.
Turned over were one M14, one Carbine with M203 attached, one Ingram, and one M1 Garand rifle.
“The surrender of loose firearms are attributes of our engagement with the constituents, local chief executives, and stakeholders in the province,” said Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo II, commander of the 103rd Infantry Brigade.
“We will continuously collaborate with them to make their communities more peaceful, progressive, and free from violence brought by peace spoilers,” added Col. Cuerpo.
Last week, eight loose firearms were also turned-over to the troops of the 103Bde.
“Your 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, in collaboration with the LGUs and other stakeholders, remains steadfast in our campaign on loose firearms and peace spoilers in our area of operation,” said Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, commander of Joint Task Force ZamPeLan.
Since January 2019 to date, JTF ZamPeLan has a total of 233 firearms gains from surrendered and recovered loose firearms alone.
“This showcases the harmonious relationship among peace builders, which include the local chief executives and the security sector, who continuously work together to end lawlessness and demilitarize armed groups here in Mindanao,” said Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Western Mindanao Command.
“Notwithstanding this success, we will continue to employ the whole-of-nation approach of the President together with our partners and the civilian community,” Lt. Gen. Sobejana added.