By JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL
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.
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.
“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