Headquarters Western Mindanao Command, Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City (DWDD) – Soldiers of the 2nd Scout Ranger Battalion under the Joint Task Force Sulu seized seven more firearms following a clash with an unknown Lawless Group at Brgy Capual, Omar Municipality, Sulu Province at 2pm yesterday (March 30, 2017).
The members of the Scout Ranger Company led by CPT Rusell Bawat, while on blocking position encountered an estimated ten (10) armed Lawless elements who engaged the soldiers in a 20-minute firefight. As a result, the lawless elements withdrew leaving behind seven firearms and assorted ammunition.
After scouring the immediate vicinity, the rangers recovered the following High Powered Firearms (HPFAs) and ammunitions: one (1) M16 with SNs: RP 897526; three (3) M14 w/ SNs: 1108615, 1016529, 496574; two (2) M1 Garand w/ SNs: 2171440, 2950559; one (1) M203 GL w/ SN: 09893; five (5) M14 ammo magazines; ten (10) M16 ammo magazines; seven (7) M1 Garand clips; one hundred (100) rounds 7.62 ctdg; fifty (50) cal 30 rds; and, six (6) 40mm rounds.
“We have pushed these bandits out of their comfort zones, and we intend to keep it that way,” says Col Cirilito Sobejana, the Commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu based in Busbus, Jolo, Sulu.
“We will continue to have them running until we get them and their firearms,” Col Sobejana added. 4CRG / MCAG