CAMP SANG-AN, Pulacan, Labangan, ZDS – A total of 28 loose firearms, magazines and ammunitions were turned over by the locals of Kolambogan, Lanao del Norte to the 5th Mechanized Battalion in the Sangguniang Bayan session hall 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 8, 2019.
“The concerted effort and intensified collaboration among our troops, local communities, local chief executives and other stakeholders resulted into this momentous activity”, said Lt. Col. Rolando Orengo, 55th Mech Battalion Commander.
The turned-over loose firearms were consist of one M14, three caliber 30 Garand, one M161A, one caliber .30 carbine rifles; one grenade launcher; nineteen handguns and two shotguns.
Mayor Lorenzo Manigos who facilitated the turn-over of the loose firearms thanked the Army for their effort in sustaining peace and development in the municipality.
He also assured the continuous collaboration and support of the local government to the 5th Mech Battalion.
Meanwhile, Col. Facundo Palafox IV, 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade Commander who has operational jurisdiction over Lanao del Norte said that “This is part of our campaign against proliferation of loose firearms so that our people would feel more secured and safe in their daily activities.”
Palafox also urged the locals to cooperate and report to proper authorities for the proliferation of firearms in their communities.
For his part, Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, lauded the troops, the local government unit and stakeholders of Kolambugan.
“I urge everyone to continue our efforts in pursuing lasting peace not just for Mindanao but for the whole country. Let us conquer the challenges ahead of us and step up the momentum in sustaining our gains for our common aspiration”, said Ancan.
Ancan also asked for the trust and support of the constituents, local government units and stakeholders to the Armed Forces of the Philippines who continuously strive to attain just and lasting peace in the country.