Nineteen Loose Firearms Surrendered in Lanao Norte

CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – Nineteen high-powered firearms, magazines and ammunitions were turned-over by the local government unit of Munai, Lanao del Norte to Army’s 4th Mechanized Infantry Battalion in the municipal hall 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 6, 2019.

“The successful surrender was the result of concerted effort and intensified collaboration among local government units, stakeholders and our forces”, said Lt. Col. Bernardo Taqueban, 4th Mech Inf Battalion Commander.

The loose firearms consists of one caliber 50, one M14, eleven M16A1, two carbine, and four Garand rifles.

The ceremonial turned-over was also attended by Col. Facundo Palafox, the newly installed commander of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade who has operational jurisdiction of the province of Lanao del Norte.

“The support of the local government units in our area of operation to our campaign against loose firearms manifest their desire for a lasting peace and prosperity in the province,” said Palafox.

“We encourage not only the local government units, but also other stakeholders especially the local populace  of Lanao del Norte, to trust and support our campaign against loose firearms for us to be able to attain a peaceful and secured province towards its faster development,” Palafox added.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, commended the efforts of the troops and the local government unit of Munai for the convergence of efforts which led to the successful hand over of the 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,” Ancan added.

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