CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – Three (3) High-Powered Firearms (HPFAs) were confiscated by Joint Task Force Central (JTFC) forces coming from 34th Infantry (Reliable) Battalion in a military checkpoint at Barangay Kapinpilan, Midsayap, North Cotabato on April 20, 2022 as part of the election gun ban implementation.
Lieutenant Colonel Edgardo Vilchez Jr., 34IB Commanding Officer, disclosed that a concerned civilian provided information to 34IB that a transport of HPFAs was about to take place along Datu Piang-Nabalawag road. “We immediately responded and conducted intensive checkpoint operations along the said road and at about 4:15 in the afternoon, security forces intercepted a 28-year-old male suspect on board a tricycle and was transporting three (3) HPFAs without pertinent documents,” Ltc. Vilchez Jr. said.
Colonel Jovencio Gonzales, Commander of 602nd Brigade, expressed his appreciation to the residents of Midsayap for their continuous support and cooperation in making Central Mindanao a safer place with the confiscation of said firearms. “We are grateful for the cooperation of the communities and we are looking forward that this will be emulated by others”, Col. Gonzales stressed. The confiscated firearms include two (2) M14 Rifles and one (1) M635 Rifle.
Major General Juvymax Uy, Commander of the 6th Infantry (Kampilan) Division and the Joint Task Force Central, commended the troops of the 34th Infantry Battalion for the successful law enforcement operation. “Let us continue to sustain our campaign against the proliferation of unlicensed and loose firearms and to make our communities in Central Mindanao safe at all times with the confiscation of unlicensed and loose firearms”, Maj. Gen. Uy said.