A total of 254 loose firearms from the four municipalities of North Cotabato were surrender to the military last July 19, 2018 at the provincial gymnasium of Amas, Kidapawan City.
Brigadier General Cirilito E. Sobejana, Commander of 6th Infantry Division, formally received the firearms from Aleosan, Kabacan, Pigcawayan, and Libungan towns during the turnover ceremony.
North Cotabato Governor Emmylou “Lala” J. Taliño-Mendoza, 602nd Brigade Commander Col. Alfredo V. Rosario, 34th Infantry Battalion Commander Angelo Lutera, Lieutenant Colonel Ciriaco Lomas-e, Pigcawayan Mayor Eliseo Garcesa, Libungan Mayor Cristopher Cuan, Aleosan Mayor Vicente Sorupia, and Kabacan Mayor Herlo Guzman Jr. graced the ceremony.
“I would like to thank the local chief executives of the Province of North Cotabato for their support and cooperation in the campaign against loose firearms of the national leadership,” BGen Sobejana said.
He also commended Governor Lala for the effort and the positive response in the program that registered a total of 772 surrendered loose firearms to date in her province.
“The number of firearms surrendered can be translated into the reduction of crimes in the community that will greatly contribute in the attainment of a long and lasting peace,” BGen Sobejana added.
Governor Lala promised to continue her advocacy until loose firearms are totally eradicated in her province.
Among the firearms surrendered were 3 caliber 7.62mm sniper rifle, 5 caliber 7.62mm M14, 2 caliber 5.56mm Ultimax, 2 caliber 5.56mm M16, 9 cal .50 sniper rifle, 1 caliber 30 sniper rifle, 42 cal .30 Garrand, 44 cal .30 Mussel, 4 cal .30 Carbine, 1 cal .30 light machine gun, 3 cal .30 Browning Automatic rifle, 51 12-Gauge Shotgun, 43 cal 40mm M79 grenade launcher, 1 cal 40mm M203, 1 rocket propelled grenade, 4 60mm mortar, 1 single-shot pistol, 1 single-shot M16, 2 Thompson, 17 Springfield rifles, 2 Carbines, 2 cal 9mm UZI, 2 KG9, 2 12-gauge shot pistol, 1 cal .45 pistol, and 8 cal .38 revolver.