CAMP GEN GONZALO SIONGCO, Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao (DWDD) – At least 13 high-powered and 12 low-powered firearms were surrendered by the local leaders of Talitay in Maguindanao in a ceremony held at the town’s municipal hall on April 21, 2018.
The firearms were surrendered by Talitay Mayor Omar Abdulwahab Sabal to 6th Infantry Division Assistant Commander and GPH-CCCH Chairman Brig. Gen.Cirilo Thomas Donato Jr and 90th Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Crisaldo Fernandez.
The surrender of firearms was a product of the concerted efforts of 90th Infantry Battalion, Talitay Vice-Mayor Kamid Buisan and the town’s barangay leaders.
Among the firearms surrendered were 3 US Garrand rifles, 2 US M14 rifles, 1 M79 Tube Launder Grenade, 1 homemade M16 rifle, 1 homemade M14 rifle, 1 improvised US Garrand rifle, 1 homemade shotgun, 1 M16 Elesco, 1 homemade Tongram, 1 M79 rifle rifle, 8 caliber .38 pistol, 2 caliber .45 pistol, and 1 caliber .48 pistol.
During the Ceremony, Mayor Sabal said that he strongly supports the ‘Balik-Baril’ Program of the government as this will help shun violence and extremism in the region.
As the Assistant Division Commander of 6th ID, Brig Gen. Donato said that peace will be attained by working together.
He also congratulated the people of Talitay for partaking in the government’s program to have a peaceful community.
A total of 664 firearms were surrendered and recovered in the areas of 6th ID as of today. 6DPAO / MCAG