CAMP MAJOR SABIDO, Guipos, Zamboanga Del Sur (DWDD) – The Local Government Units (LGUs) of Zamboanga Del Sur led the surrender of Four Hundred Thirty (430) Loose firearms and three hundred fourteen (314) unrenewed firearms or a total of Seven Hundred Forty-four (744) to Colonel Bagnus Gaerlan Inf (GSC) PA, the Commanding Officer of 102nd Infantry Brigade, 1st Infantry “Tabak” Division Philippine Army at firearms during the ceremonial Turn Over of Loose Firearms at Headquarters 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion in Guipos, Zamboanga Del Sur on August 8, 2018.
The surrender of loose firearms was facilitated by respective Municipal Mayors in Zamboa Del Sur through the relentless effort exerted by the ZDS Police Provincial Office (PPO) headed by Police Senior Superintendent. Redentos Retusto and 53IB headed by LTC Marlowe E. Patria Inf (GSC) PA
Among these firearms were, high powered firearms like M16 and M14 rifles and low powered firearms like shotgun and cal. 45 pistol.
Honorable Belman Mantos, the Provincial Peace and Order Committee Chairman stated that “Soldiers today are less abusive and much more reliable to Filipino people and its country.” “we should be thankful for having such a great government force roaming around the whole area of Zamboanga Del Sur”.
“It is better for you to surrender your loose and un renewed firearms, Don’t wait that the PNP and ARMY raid your houses. You will be spending six (6) or ten (10) years inside the jail if you will be caught possessing this unregistered firearms. We are still in the state of martial law and we want this campaign on loose firearms to be implemented through understanding not by force”. Col Gaerlan Commander 102nd Infantry Brigade said during his speech.
Present during the activity were the Local Chief Executive of the Zamboanga Del Sur headed by Hon Belman B. Mantos Board Member and the Chairman, Provincial Peace and Order Committee. Polcie Senior Superintendent Michael B. Macapagal, Provincial Director, Zamboanga Del Norte Police Provincial Police Office, Chief of Police; twenty six (26) Municipalities including the municipal mayors headed by the Zamboanga Del Sur Mayors League Chairman Hon. Junaflor S. Cerilles. 1DPAO / MCAG