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The 11 firearms surrendered by civilians in the towns of Shariff Saydona Mustapha and Sultan sa Barongis as facilitated by their respective local officials on Monday at the headquarters of the Army’s 40th Infantry Battalion in Barangay Zapakan, Rajah Buayan, Maguindanao. Photo courtesy of 6th Infantry Division

Two towns yield loose firearms to military

By Teng Lauban Datu
Cotabato City Bureau Chief .

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao — Residents of Shariff Saydona Mustapha and Sultan Sa Barongis, handed over assorted firearms to the 40th Infantry Battalion in Brgy Zapakan, Radjah Buayan, Maguindanao on Monday.

Handed over during a simple ceremony held at the headquarters of the Army’s 40th Infantry Battalion in Barangay Zapakan, Rajah Buayan, Maguindanao were four M79 grenade launchers, an Ultimax light machine gun, two Barrett sniper rifles, a Carbine rifle, a KG9 machine pistol, and two .38 caliber pistols.

“This endeavor is part of the 601st Brigade efforts to recover loose firearms in the area. We will sustain this campaign  and work hand-in-hand in cooperation with other stakeholders in order to achieved peace and development in the area,” said Major Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, commander of  the Joint Task Force Central.

Sobejana also expressed his utmost appreciation to the local chief executives of the two towns who facilitated the surrender of the loose firearms.

Since January this year, a total of 1,146 loose firearms were handed over to this command. (with reports from pna)

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