CAMP SANG-AN, Pulacan, Labangan, ZDS – Additional firearms were turned-over by the locals of Lanao del Sur to the 55th Infantry Battalion, 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 29, 2019.
According to Lt. Col. Ian Noel Ignes, Battalion Commander of 55IB, “The local chief executives of Tugaya, Bacolod-Kalawi and Madamba handed over four high-powered firearms”.
The firearms consists of one M14, one carbine with M203 attached, one Ingram and one M1 Garand rifle.
Last week, eight loose firearms were surrendered to the operating battalions of 103td Infantry Brigade.
Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo II, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander, who has operational command of the battalions in Lanao del Sur said that, “The surrender of loose firearms were attributes of our engagement with the constituents, local chief executives and stakeholders in the province”.
“We will continuously collaborate with them to make their communities more peaceful, progressive and free from violence brought by peace spoilers”, added Cuerpo.
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 hand over of loose firearms.
“Your 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, in collaboration with the LGUs and other stakeholders, remains steadfast in our campaign on loose firearms and peace spoilers in our area of operation,” said Ancan.