Taraka LGU ceremonially hands over firearms to the AFP

March 26, 2019

TARAKA, Lanao del Sur: The local government unit of this municipality handed over to the military on Monday several loose firearms and ammunition, according to the military.
Municipal Mayor Nashiba G. Sumagayan ceremonially handed over at the town hall the firearms to Lt. Col. Edgar Allan Villanueva, 49th Infantry Battalion Commander.

The firearms consist of one caliber .50 mm Barrett sniper rifle, one M16, one AR15, one 12 Gauge shotgun, and seven handguns.

“While our combat operation against Dawlah Islamiya is relentless, we will still continuously collaborate with local government units in our efforts for the surrender of loose firearms in our area of operation,” said Col. Romeo Brawner, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander.

“Likewise, we thank them for their trust and support to our troops in contributing peace and development in the whole province of Lanao del Sur,” Brawner added.

Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, commended the efforts of the troops and the local government unit of Taraka for the successful hand over of the loose firearms.

“Collective efforts of various stakeholders is very essential in the attainment of peace and prosperity in our area of operation,” Ancan added.

Meanwhile, the troops of the 6th Infantry (REDSKIN) Battalion led by Lieutenant Colonel Clairemont Pinpin actively participated in the 17th Zone of Peace Anniversary celebration of the Municipality of Kapatagan, Lanao del Sur last week.

The activity spearheaded by Municipal Mayor Nhazruddin Maglangit was held at the Kapatagan Public Plaza in Barangay Daguan.

“Let us join hands in helping our country fulfil the collective and elusive dream of peace, good governance and development for a better future,” Maglangit said emphasizing the unified efforts of the people of Kapatagan with the help of the Redskin Battalion and the PNP to maintain the peace and order.

Following the all-out war in 2000 that displaced nearly a million villagers in Mindanao, Kapatagan was declared as a peace zone after the local government, military, MILF, sectoral leaders, and peace advocates signed a local security agreement.

“The Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) believes that peaceful resolution to conflicts are more rewarding and we can achieve this by raising awareness to the community on what conflict is about and how to respond properly,” said Lt. Gen. Arnel B. Dela Vega, WestMinCom Commander.

The Redskin troopers assured that they will always stand ready and proud to do their part in continuing and strengthening partnership especially in attaining peace and development in their area of responsibility. (MNY)

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