CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – A total of 16 unlicensed firearms were surrendered by the municipality of Ampatuan through Honorable Mayor Bai Leah Sangki to the Army’s 1st Mechanized Infantry Battalion under 601st Infantry Brigade on Monday (December 16).
601st Brigade Commander Col. Jose H. Narciso and 1st Mechanized Infantry Battalion Commander Lt. Col. James B. Ferrnando received the firearms in a simple turnover ceremony held at the town’s municipal hall.
The firearms surrendered were 4 homemade caliber .50 rifle, one 7.62mm rifle, 1 rocket propelled grenade launcher, three 40mm grenade launcher, 1 caliber .38 revolver, one 9mm Uzi, four 12-gauge shotgun, and one 5.56mm Ultimax machine gun with magazines and ammunition.
The ceremony was witnessed by Ampatuan Municipal Police, barangay chairpersons of Ampatuan, and constituents of local government of Ampatuan.
“The owner of the firearms decided to surrender the firearms to support the 6th Infantry Division’s campaign against proliferation of loose firearms and also to avoid being charged with illegal possession of firearms,” said Lt. Col. Fernando.
Col Narciso expressed his appreciation to the local government unit of Ampatuan under the leadership of Mayor Sangki and the barangay leaders for their genuine gesture to facilitate the surrender of firearms.
Joint Task Force Central Commander, Maj. Gen. Diosdado C. Carreon expressed his gratitude to the municipality of Ampatuan for the support and cooperation in the government’s campaign against proliferation of loose firearms as this will aid in the reduction of crime rates in Central Mindanao.