FORT MAGSAYSAY, Nueva Ecija – The Army’s 7th Infantry “Kaugnay” Division based here destroyed 40 of 84 assorted firearms during the ceremonial “demilitarization” of these weapons that were either captured, confiscated, surrendered or recovered (CCSR) through military operations and community engagements since 2016.
Major General Lenard T. Agustin, 7th ID commander along with Police Brig. Gen. Fernando M. Garay, PRO1 deputy regional director for administration led on Tuesday the “demilitarization” rites at the Kaugnay Officers’ Clubhouse here with these CCSR weapons cut into several pieces and burned to ensure that no part of these firearms will ever be used again.
“We conduct demilitarization of captured, confiscated, surrendered and recovered firearms to prevent pilferage and ensure that it will not find its way back into the hands of the CPP-NPA,” explained Maj. Gen. Agustin.
“We invited specific local government officials today to show them what happens with the firearms that were captured or surrendered by local terrorists that came from their respective municipalities,” the 7th chief added.
Also witnessing the cutting and burning of the CCSR firearms were Carranglan, Nueva Ecija mayor Mary B. Abad and Maria Aurora, Aurora mayor Amado Geneta. Also gracing the event were Nueva Ecija provincial police director Col. Leon Victor Z. Rosete and Palayan city police head Lt. Col. Renato Morales and other police officials.
Another highlight of the event was the turnover of four recovered M-16 rifles to the police, formally received by Brig. Gen. Garay.
Major Amado C. Gutierrez, 7thID Kaugnay spokesman said that the 1ST Forward Service Support Unit, the depository of CCSR firearms at the 7th ID, stored all these 84 assorted guns, with 40 of them approved for demilitarization, 23 are recommended back to supply line, 17 still awaiting approval for demilitarization while four firearms were identified as belonging to the police.
He said destroying of the CCSR firearms was done by cutting the firearms using a metal bond circular chainsaw and then the cut parts were burned so that no part of the firearms will ever be used again.