CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – Eighteen loose and unlicensed firearms were turned over by several barangay officials of Midsayap, North Cotabato to 602nd Infantry Brigade, 34th Infantry Battalion, and Midsayap Municipal Police Station on June 22, 2021.
Brigadier General Roberto Capulong, Commander of the 602nd Infantry (Liberator) Brigade, received the high-powered firearms collected by the Barangay Captains of the ten (10) barangays of the said municipality.
“This is the result of the concerted efforts of the local government unit of Midsayap together with the barangay leaders who supported the government’s campaign against loose firearms,” BGen. Capulong said, adding that the accomplishment was also through the joint efforts of the 34th Infantry Battalion led by Lt. Col. Edgardo Vilchez, Jr. and Midsayap Municipal Police Station under PLTC Rolly Oranza.
The simple turn-over ceremony held at the SB Social Hall, Midsayap, North Cotabato was witnessed and graced by Midsayap Vice-Mayor Hon. Manuel Rabara, ABC President Hon. Allan Nostrales, together with other local officials.
The surrendered loose firearms include one (1) 5.56 Bushmaster, one (1) 40mm grenade launcher, one (1) caliber .30mm Garand rifle, two (2) caliber .50mm rifles, one (1) M79 grenade launcher, two (2) M-14 rifles, two (2) 7.62mm Sniper rifles, one (1) caliber .30mm Sniper rifle, one (1) 12 Shotgun, one (1) caliber .38 revolver, and five (5) caliber .45 pistols with several magazines, cartridges, and ammunition.
Data from JTF Central shows that last May 20, 2021, local officials from Kabacan, North Cotabato also turned over to 602nd Brigade seven (7) high-powered firearms collected from various barangay of Kabacan. BGen. Capulong urged the residents of the province to continue help in making North Cotabato free from loose and unlicensed firearms and stressed that our continuous effort to address loose firearms in the province is vital in the realization of peaceful and stable communities in North Cotabato.
Major General Juvymax R. Uy, Commander of JTF Central and 6th Infantry Division, fully recognized the gesture of support of the barangay officials and the local government units of Midsayap and North Cotabato strongly supporting the campaign against loose firearms. “This exemplifies the harmonious relationship among the peace advocates, the security sector, local officials and leaders, and the communities in Midsayap, North Cotabato,” MGen. Uy stressed. He further assured that JTF Central forces will continuously work with partners from the civilian government agencies and organizations to address and ultimately end armed lawless threats against the peace-loving communities of North Cotabato.