June 18, 2024

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Maguindanao Norte, S. Kudarat villagers yield unlicensed guns

UNLICENSED FIREARMS. Seven civilians from Lebak town, Sultan Kudarat province and Upi town in Maguindanao del Norte province pose with local officials after they surrendered their unlicensed firearms to military authorities last Saturday. The gun holders are all farmers who said they have acquired firearms to protect their lands against lawless elements. (Photo courtesy of 6ID)

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao del Norte– Seven residents voluntarily surrendered their unlicensed firearms to military authorities over the weekend in response to the government’s disarmament program, an official said yesterday.

Maj. Gen. Alex Rillera, commander of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, said the civilians from Lebak town in Sultan Kudarat and Upi in Maguindanao del Norte “decided to surrender their firearms to the Army hoping to help build peace in their communities.”

Rillera, also the commander of Joint Task Force Central (JTFC), said the gun owners are farmers who turned in their guns.

“(We had the guns) for our protection against lawless elements, but with peace now prevailing in our communities, we decided to do away with it,” one of the farmers was quoted by the 6ID as saying.

The residents turned in a Carbine rifle, three .45-caliber and a .38-caliber revolver, a 9mm pistol, two M79 grenade launchers, four 12-gauge shotguns, and assorted ammunition. (PNA)