PC HILL, Cotabato City – Another Twenty (20) High Powered loose firearms were formally turned over to 40th Infantry Battalion and the 1st Mechanized Infantry Battalion by the local government of Sultan Sa Barongis, Maguindanao yesterday, March 14, 2018, at their municipal gym.
Mayor Ramdatu M. Angas of Sultan Sa Barongis led the formal turn over which was witnessed by Brigadier General Bismarck D. Soliba, Commander of the 1st Mechanize Infantry Brigade; Brigadier General Diosdado C. Carreon, Commander of the 601st Infantry Brigade; and Police Senior Superintendent Agustin Tello, Chief of the Maguindanao Provincial Police Office.
Surrendered were two M14 rifles, four Garand rifles, one Carbine, two Barrets, two M79, four RPG, 1 Springfield, one homemade Grenade Launcher, one M203 Grenade Launcher and two Submachine guns.
Twenty-five (25) assorted firearms were also surrendered to the 40th IB just recently in Rajah Buayan municipality in the same province. From 01 January 2018 to date, 179 loose firearms were already turned-over thru the efforts of local chief executives in Central Mindanao.
BGen. Carreon and BGen. Soliba both expressed their appreciation to the people of Sultan Sa Barongis for their genuine gesture in giving up their firearms.
Major General Arnel B Dela Vega, Commander of 6ID and the Joint Task Force Central, on his statement stressed that, “This endeavour was made possible through the collaboration of the brigades and the local chief executives in the province of Maguindanao in support to our campaign against loose firearms.”
“Proliferation of loose firearms is one of the main reasons of insecurities and rampant feuds or RIDO in Central Mindanao. It impedes the peace efforts and development, and is also one of the issues being exploited by those espousing violent extremism that is why we have to collaborate with all stakeholders to help facilitate the surrender of unlicensed guns,” Major General Dela Vega added.