Ceremonial turn-over of loose firearms held in Sultan Kudarat

A total of thirty-two loose firearms were handed over by the local government of Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat to the troops of the Joint Task Force Central in a turn-over ceremony held at the Municipal Hall of the said municipality around 9 o’clock this morning.

The ceremonial turn-over was spearheaded by the Municipal Mayor of Esperanza, Honorable Helen Latog and Lieutenant Colonel Alvin Iyog, Commanding Officer of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry (Makasag) Battalion under the 1st Mechanized Brigade.

Through the continuous campaign of the troops against loose firearms and in coordination with the local government units, the locals from the different barangays of Esperanza voluntarily surrendered their armaments which include thirty one 12 gauge shotgun with ammunitions and one caliber .40 light pistol.

“The turn-over of loose firearms is a result of the continuing campaign against the proliferation of loose firearms in the area of the 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade in partnership with other stakeholders and local government officials,” said Brigadier General Robert C. Dauz, commander of the 1st Mechanized Brigade.

The ceremony was witnessed by the local leaders and constituents of the said municipality.

Major General Cirilito E. Sobejana, Commander of the Joint Task Force Central, expressed his gratitude to the efforts of the local government officials and constituents of Esperanza for extending their support to the AFP’s campaign against loose firearms. “I also commend Brigadier General Dauz and Lieutenant Colonel Iyog for the job well-done.”

A total of 1,972 loose firearms were handed-over to the troops of the JTF Central since the campaign was implemented.

“We intensified our campaign against loose firearms to prevent the occurrence of crimes and chaos in our joint area of operation,” said Lieutenant General Arnel B. Dela Vega, commander of the Western Mindanao Command. “With our strengthened multi-sectoral alliance, we are assured of the success of this campaign.”

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