CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – The 1st Mechanized Infantry Battalion (1MechBn) under 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade facilitated the surrender of loose firearms in Datu Unsay town of Maguindanao on Thursday, June 25, 2020.

Datu Unsay Mayor Datu Andal Ampatuan Jr. handed over 8 high powered  firearms in a ceremony held at the town’s municipal hall to 1st Mechanized Brigade Commander Col. Jesus Rico D. Atencio.

Firearms surrendered were 1 Carbine rifle, 1 M79 rifle, 1 caliber  7.62mm Barret sniper rifle, 1 caliber 50 Barret, 1 caliber. 45 pistol,  2 rocket propelled grenade and ammunition.

The constituents of Datu Unsay voluntarily surrendered their firearms through the efforts of Alpha Company of 57th Infantry Battalion under 1MechBn in cooperation with the local government chief and the concerned barangay chairmen.

Col. Atencio said that the success of the activity was made through the cooperation of the local government units (LGU) and the Army’s campaign against proliferation of loose firearms.

JTFC Commander Maj. Gen. Diosdado C. Carreon, was elated as another LGU has done its part to take part in the campaign of the government in eradicating loose firearms tied with criminalities and armed lawlessness particularly in  Maguindanao and the whole South Central Mindanao.

The firearms were brought to the headquarters of 1MechBn for safekeeping and proper documentation.

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