By JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL
CAMP NAVARRO, Calarian, Zamboanga City
The military’s campaign against loose firearms has produced 27 guns in Tawi-Tawi from the civilian sector in the first five months of 2021, according to Col. Alaric Avelino delos Santos, military spokesman.
“Through the combined efforts of the Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi and the local government units, the campaign against loose firearms yielded to the surrender of a total of 27 high-powered and low-powered firearms by residents of the island province of Tawi-Tawi,” said Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., commander, Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom).
Of the 27, one was handed over by a resident of Barangay Panglima Alari, Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi on Wednesday.
“Through the series of negotiations and dialogues with local officials and other stakeholders, a 52-year old man turned over his Springfield M1 Garand rifle with seven rounds of live ammunition and one magazine clip to the troops of the 312th Marine Company stationed in Barangay Poblacion of the municipality of Sitangkai,” said Lt. Col. Aladdin Caluza, commanding officer of Marine Battalion Landing Team 12.
The said firearm is temporarily kept at the 312MC headquarters while waiting for the scheduled turnover to higher headquarters.
“We continue to conduct mobile security forum/dialogue to local government units and barangay officials to encourage others to hand over their undocumented firearms,” said Brig. Gen. Arturo Rojas, Commander of JTF Tawi-Tawi.
“This is an initiative of the armed forces to assist local government units in keeping the peace and order in the province,” Brig. Gen. Rojas added.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gen. Vinluan, Jr. commended the troops of JTF Tawi-Tawi for this significant accomplishment.
“In the long run, we expect to achieve more as we receive more support from the different organizations and the people,” Lt. Gen. Vinluan Jr. stated. JIJ