32 LOOSE FIREARMS TURNED OVER TO ARMY IN SULTAN KUDARAT
GUNS TURNOVER. Mayor Helen Latog of Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat, hands over a 12-gauge shotgun to Lt. Colonel Alvin Iyog, commander of the Army’s 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion, during a ceremony on Friday (Jan. 11, 2019) at the Esperanza town hall. (Photo courtesy of 6ID)
ESPERANZA, Sultan Kudarat — The mayor here handed over 32 assorted loose firearms to the Army in a ceremony held at the Esperanza town hall on Friday.
Lt. Col. Alvin Iyog, commanding officer of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion, received the firearms from Mayor Helen Latog of Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat. The turnover of the arms is a sign that the campaign against loose firearms within the operation of the 6th Infantry Division has continued to gain support from local government units (LGUs), the Army said.
The new set of loose firearms was comprised of 31 12-gauge shotguns and one homemade .45-caliber pistol. The guns were collected by the LGU from local folks in the town’s various villages.
Brig. Gen. Robert Dauz, 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade commander, lauded the efforts of local military units and the local government of Esperanza in support of the government’s program against loose firearms in Mindanao and the rest of the country.
“The hand-over is a continuing campaign against the proliferation of loose firearms in the area of the 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade, in partnership with other stakeholders and local governments,” Dauz said.
Major Gen. Cirilito E. Sobejana, commander of the 6th ID and Joint Task Force (JTF) Central, also lauded the support extended by Esperanza’s local officials in the government’s disarmament program.
“I also commend Brig. Gen. Dauz and Col. Iyog, commanders of the 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade and 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion, respectively, for the job well done.” Sobejana said.
To date, a total of 1,972 were turned over and recovered in the areas covered by JTF Central since the campaign began in 2016. (PNA)