By JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL | Managing Editor
DATU UNSAY, Maguindanao: Local officials of the Municipality of Datu Unsay in this province led by Mayor Datu Andal Ampatuan, handed over to the 1stMechanized Brigade (Mech Bde) eight assorted loose firearms with magazines and ammunitions at the municipal hall of said municipality in the afternoon of June 25.
“The handing over was their gesture of commitment on the government’s campaign against loose firearms,” said Col. Jesus Rico Atencio, 1st Mech Bde commander.
“This significant accomplishment was facilitated by the 1st Mechanized Infantry (Lakan) Battalion,” Col. Atencio added.
Handed over were one US Carbine Cal. 30 M1, one US Rifle Cal. 30 M1 Spring field, one M79, one 7.62mm Sniper Rifle Barret, one Cal. 50 Barret, one Cal. 45 Pistol, and two Rocket Propelled Grenade and assorted magazines and ammunition.
“I would like to attribute this accomplishment to the local government officials and the peace-loving people of Datu Unsay,” said Maj. Gen. Diosdado Carreon, Joint Task Force (JTF) Central Commander.
The handing over of firearms was witnessed by 1st Mech Bn commander Lt. Col. James Fernando, Maguindanao-PPO Provincial Director Police Col. Arnold Santiago, Datu Unsay LGU and barangay officials, and other invited guests.
“I would like to extend my commendation to the troops of the Joint Task Force Central for accomplishing your mandated tasks vigorously,” said Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, WestMinCom commander.
“Through our convergence of efforts we are able to sustain the momentum and attain significant gains in our peace campaign,” Lt. Gen. Sobejana added.
Firearms and ammunitions were placed under the custody of 1st Mech Bn for safekeeping.
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