The municipality of Ampatuan, Maguindanao yielded 26 unlicensed firearms to soldiers this morning (February 14).
Ampatuan Mayor Rasul Sangki presented the high and low-powered firearms to Lieutenant Colonel Alvin Iyog, the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion Commander, in a formal ceremony held at the Ampatuan municipal hall.
Fourteen shotguns, four caliber .38 revolvers, an M203 grenade launcher, two caliber .45 pistols, a 12-gauge pistol, two M79 grenade launchers, an M1 Garand rifle, and a 60mm mortar were turned over by residents of 11 barangays in Ampatuan,
“We are very happy that the local government unit of Ampatuan, led by Mayor Sangki, initiated the turnover of the loose firearms. This will contribute to the peace and order of the municipality, especially during the election period,” said Lieutenant Colonel Iyog.
“The firearms presented to us will help in reducing criminalities and violence in the communities,” he added.
Major General Cirilito Sobejana, the Joint Task Force Central Commander, encouraged other municipalities under his jurisdiction to surrender their remaining unlicensed firearms to achieve lasting peace and order in Central Mindanao.
“We will intensify our campaign to recover undocumented firearms and cooperate with local officials and stakeholders in our operational area,” said Lieutenant General Arnel Dela Vega, the commander of the Western Mindanao Command.
“With the support of the people of Mindanao, we are elated to see that we are gaining substantial results in our present campaign,” he added.