By Francis Wakefield
A total of 32 loose firearms were handed over to the commander of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion in a turnover ceremony at Municipal Hall, Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat on Friday.
The firearms were turned over to 2nd MIB chief Lt. Col. Alvin G. Iyog, at around 9 a.m., in a ceremony spearheaded by Esperanza Mayor Helen Latog.
A total of 31 12 gauge shotgun with ammunitions and one cal.40 light pistol were handed over by the local folks from different barangays of Esperanza town facilitated by the local government.
“The hand over is a continuing campaign against the proliferation of loose firearms in the area of 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade in partnership with other stakeholders and local government,” said 1st Mechanized Infantry Battalion Command Brig. Gen. Robert C. Dauz.
Maj. Gen. Cirilito E. Sobejana, commander of the Joint Task Force Central and Army 6th ID chief, expressed his gratitude to the efforts of the local government officials and its constituents of Esperanza for extending their support of the AFP’s campaign against loose firearms.
“I also commend Brigadier General Dauz and Lt. Col. Iyog, commander, respectively, for the job well done.” Sobejana said.
A total of 1,972 firearma were handed over and recovered in the areas of JTF Central since the campaign was started.