9 LOOSE FIREARMS TURNED OVER TO ARMY IN MAGUINDANAO
Some of the guns surrendered to the Army in Sultan Sumagka, Maguindanao on Saturday (March 2). (Photo courtesy of 90th IB)
SULTAN SUMAGKA, Maguindanao – An Army battalion commander has vowed to push for the peaceful collection of loose firearms in its area of operation following the surrender of nine firearms from the hands of civilians here on Saturday.
Lt. Colonel Crizaldo Fernandez, commanding officer of the Army’s 90th Infantry Battalion, said nine firearms of various calibers were turned over to them by the local government unit “as part of a continuing campaign against the proliferation of loose firearms in the area.”
The Alpha Company of the 90th IB received the firearms during simple ceremonies held at the Sultan Sumagka (formerly Talitay) town hall on Saturday.
The guns collected were from the villages of Poblacion, Pageda, Kilalan, Makadayon, Manggay, and Kiladap, all of this municipality.
The firearms include two M16 rifles, five shotguns, one homemade M14 rifle, a .38-caliber revolver, and ammunition.
Maj. Gen. Cirilito E. Sobejana, commander of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division (6ID), lauded the efforts of town officials in supporting the government’s campaign against loose guns.
Sobejana said to date, a total of 2,025 were surrendered and recovered in the areas covered by the 6ID comprising the provinces of Maguindanao, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, and part of Lanao del Sur. (PNA)