By BITOON A RANAO
ILIGAN CITY, June 14 – With the help of a concerned civilian, the 4th Mechanized Battalion seized loose firearms in Barangay Darimbang, Tagoloan, Lanao del Norte on Thursday afternoon, June 11, according to a military statement.
“Disclosed by a concerned citizen, our troops immediately proceeded to the area and managed to recover various firearms and ammunitions,” said Lt. Col. Domingo G. Dulay, 4th Mechanized Battalion Commander.
The unlicensed firearms consisted of three M16 rifles, one M 1918 Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR), and three shotguns, added Dulay.
He said the recovered firearms were now in the custody of 4th Mechanized Battalion for safekeeping and proper disposition.
Brig. Gen. Facundo Palafox IV, 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade Commander, who has operational jurisdiction of Lanao del Norte lauded the civilian who reported the location and the troops who recovered the loose firearms.
“The trust and support of the local populace in our area of operation in our campaign against loose firearms manifest their desire for lasting peace and prosperity in the province,” said BGen. Palafox in a statement.
Meanwhile, Major General Generoso M. Ponio, the 1st Infantry “Tabak” Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, urged the local populace to continue reporting to the security forces any threats and illegal activities that disrupt peace and prosperity in their community.
“We ensure (to) the public that we will respond to their call 24/7, to secure and protect them from any threats and to sustain the peace and progress in our area of responsibility,” Ponio added.