Tawi-Tawi town surrenders loose firearms to the Philippine Marines

By JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL

GUNLESS LGU: Members of the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Panglima Sugala town in Tawi-Tawi pose together for a gunless LGU in their municipality. In this photo shows Mayor Nurbert Sahali leading the munipal officials as a sign of their convergence with the AFP. (Contributed Photo)

CAMP NAVARRO, Calarian, Zamboanga City

The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Panglima Sugala in Tawi-Tawi handed over on Saturday some 47 firearms and ammunition to the Marine Battalion Landing Team 12 (MBLT12) at the 212th Marine Company headquarters in Barangay Bato-Bato, Panglima Sugala.

The ceremonial turnover of the said firearms was facilitated by MBLT12 Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Henry Espinosa and Panglima Sugala Mayor Nurbert Sahali.

PRAY FOR PEACE: Mayor Nurbert Sahali and the Philippine Marine Officials of the Marine Battalion Landing 12 as led by Lt. Col. Henry Espinosa jointly offer their solemn prayer that the elusive peace will finally reign in the whole Province of Tawi-Tawi. (Contributed Photo)

The surrender of these firearms was made possible after the units under the command and control of the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) continue to support the government’s campaign against the proliferation of loose firearms.

Col. Arturo Rojas, Commander of the Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi commended the Marinevtroops of MBLT12 for their persistence to push the government’s program to address loose firearms in the countryside which are among the causes of conflict.

LOOSE FIREARMS: Marine Battalion Landing Team (MBLT12) Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Henry Espinosa and Panglima Sugala Mayor Nurbert Sahali facilitate the turnover of some 47 loose firearms as part of the campaign of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to get rid of the menacing tools of the conflict. (Contributed Photo)

“This endeavor exemplifies the good convergence of our troops and the local chief executives of Panglima Sugala,” said Col. Rojas.

Handed over to the military were 15 long firearms, 26 short firearms, two M79, two M203 tubes, two magazines, and 15 ammunition.

“May this gesture of support by the local government of Panglima Sugala be a good example to other officials and communities,” said Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., Commander, WestMinCom.

“Let us continue to work together to free the communities from loose firearms which we call the menacing tools of violence,” Lt. Gen. Vinluan added.

The firearms and ammunition were placed under the custody of MBLT12 for documentation. JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL

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