A resident of Guindulungan town in Maguindanao yielded two unexploded ordnances to military troops on March 9.
Alyas Datu, who requested that his identity be withheld, discovered the unexploded ordnances of a 60MM on a farm near his residence, prompting him to report the discovery to an army detachment.
He yielded the unexploded ordnances to soldiers of the 90th Infantry Battalion in Barangay Tambunan, Guindulungan.
The surrender came amid the information campaign launched by the 603rd Infantry Brigade against anti-personnel mines in Maguindanao.
“The ammunition may be used to manufacture anti-personnel mines, if not recovered,” said Major General Cirilito Sobejana, the Joint Task Force Central Commander.
Major General Sobejana added, “Any unexploded ordnances and other weapons that may be recovered by residents must be immediately reported to security forces to avoid accidents.”
Said unexploded ordnances were turned over to the Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal team for appropriate disposition.
“With vigilance and resolve, ground troops made headway in suppressing internal security threats, thwarting several bomb ploys of terrorists in Central Mindanao,” said Lieutenant General Arnel Dela Vega, the commander of the Western Mindanao Command.
“We also ascribe these successive gains to the support and the trust reposed by the people of Maguindanao in the armed forces,” he added.
“Community support programs that raise public awareness and complement our focused military operations on the ground will also be sustained by the joint task forces under the WestMinCom,” concluded the WestMinCom chief.