CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – A total 30 assorted loose firearms were voluntarily turned-over by the locals of six towns in Lanao del Norte to the 4th Mechanized Infantry Battalion, 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 25, 2019
The local government units of Matungao, Linamon, Munai, Pantar, Poona-Piagapo and Pantao Ragat yielded eleven Garand, four M16 and four Carbine rifles; five shotguns; and five handguns to the government forces.
“The successful endeavor were the results of our concerted effort and intensified collaboration among local government units, stakeholders and our troops”, said Lt. Col. Bernardo Taqueban, 4th Mech Inf Battalion Commander.
“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 Lanao del Norte 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.