ISABELA CITY, Basilan: Mayor Nerwelyn Mansul of the Municipality of Hadji Muhtamad handed over to the troops of the 4th Special Forces Battalion 13 high-powered and 3 low-powered firearms in Sitio Luuk, Barangay Lubukan, Hadji Muhtamad, Basilan in the morning of June 24.
Mayor Mansul handed over were ten Cal. 30 M1 Garand, two 5.56 M16A1 Rifle, one US Carbine Cal 30 M1, two 9mm LUGER MOD TECH-KG9, and one 1911 Cal .45.
“On behalf of the men and women of JTF Basilan, I would like to express my gratitude to Mayor Mansul for handing over 16 loose firearms to the 4th SF Battalion,” said Brig. Gen. Fernando Reyeg, JTF Basilan commander.
Also handed over were two Clips for Cal. 30 Garand, two magazines for KG9, two magazines for 5.56 M16A1 Rifle, and one magazine for Cal. 45.
“Significantly, one of the efforts of the command is diplomatic mentoring where we continuously earn the local officials and communities’ trust and support in our campaign to free the communities from the cradle of violence,” said Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, WestMinCom commander.
Said firearms were brought to 4SFBn headquarters in Barangay Kabbon Bata, Isabela City, Basilan for documentation and proper disposition.
“We would like to urge other officials and populace to do their share of commitment to sustain peace in the community while we continue to fight against the invisible enemy,” Lt. Gen. Sobejana added.
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