Nineteen assorted loose firearms from warring clans in Tubaran, Lanao del Sur were surrendered to the Army’s 55th Infantry Battalion last 10 a.m. Wednesday October 9, 2019.

“The local government unit of the municipality Tuburan, headed by Mayor Khaledyassin Papandayan, played a great role in the surrender of firearms”, said Lt. Col. Ian Noel Ignes who is the commander of the 55th Infantry Battalion which maintains operational responsibility in the said municipality.

“Mayor Papandayan painstakingly negotiated with the families with the assistance of village elders, traditional leaders, imams, and ulamas to bring about a resolution to the conflict and to bring peace to their municipality”, added Ignes.

The assorted firearms surrndered consisted of one M14 and two M1 Garand rifles, one shotgun, eleven handguns, and five grenade launchers.

According to Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo II, acting Commander of the 103rd Infantry Brigade, who has operational jurisdiction of Lanao del Sur, “Todays accomplishments were attributed to the peace-loving local chief executives, constituents and stakeholders of Lanao del Sur”.

“We will continuously collaborate with them to encourage other warring clans to settle their disputes and surrender their loose firearms to make their communities peaceful and secured”, added Cuerpo.

As of yesterday, four local terrorist group, including one minor, and five of their supporters surrendered and yielded firearms to two of the battalions of the 103rd Infantry Brigade.

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 and the local chief executives for the successful surrender of loose firearms.

“Your 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, in collaboration with the LGUs and other stakeholders, remains steadfast in its commitment to attain just and lasting peace in our area of operation thru our campaign against loose firearms,” said Ancan.