CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – Eleven loose firearms, magazines and ammunitions were turned over by the local government unit of the municipality of Taraka, Lanao del Sur 2:30 p.m. Monday, March 25, 2019.
Hon. Nashiba Sumagayan, Mayor of Taraka, ceremonially handed over the firearms to Lt. Col. Edgar Allan Villanueva, 49th Infantry Battalion Commander, in the municipal hall.
The firearms consist of one caliber. 50 mm Barrett sniper rifle, one M16, one AR15, one 12 Gauge shotgun and seven handguns.
“While our combat operation against Dawlah Islamiya is relentless, we will still continuously collaborate with local government units in our efforts for the surrender of loose firearms in our area of operation,” said Col. Romeo Brawner, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander.
“Likewise, we thank them for their trust and support to our troops in contributing peace and development in the whole province of Lanao del Sur,” Brawner added.
Meanwhile, Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, commended the efforts of the troops and local government unit of Taraka for the successful hand over of the loose firearms.
“Collective effort of various stakeholders is very essential in the attainment of peace and development in our area of operation. Let us continue to work together in sustaining these gains,” Ancan added.