From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Jul 23): BALIK BARIL PROGRAM | 4 North Cotabato towns hand over loose firearms to 6ID
CAMP GEN GONZALO SIONGCO, Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao (DWDD) – A total of 254 loose firearms from the four municipalities of North Cotabato were handed over to the military this morning, July 19, 2018 at the provincial gymnasium in Amas, Kidapawan.
Brig Gen. Cirilito E. Sobejana, Commander of 6th Infantry Division, formally received the firearms during the turnover ceremony coming from Aleosan, Kabacan, Pigcawayan and Libungan towns.
North Cotabato Governor Emmylou “Lala” J. Taliño-Mendoza, 602nd Brigade Commander Col. Alfredo V. Rosario, 34th Infantry Battalion Commander Angelo Lutera, Lt. Col. Ciriaco Lomas-e, Pigcawayan Mayor Eliseo Garcesa, Libungan Mayor Cristopher Cuan, Aleosan Mayor Vicente Sorupia, and Kabacan Mayor Herlo Guzman Jr. were present during the activity.
“I would like to thank the local chief executives of the Province of North Cotabato for their support and cooperation on campaign against loose firearms of the national leadership,” Brig. Gen. Sobejana said.
He also commended the leadership of Governor Lala for the effort and the positive response in the program that reached a total of 772 surrendered loose firearms to date in her province.
“The number of firearms surrendered can be translated into the reduction of crimes in the community that will greatly contribute to achieve long and lasting peace,” Brig. Gen. Sobejana added.
On the other hand, Governor Lala said that she will not stop until loose firearms are totally eradicated in her province.
Among the firearms surrendered were 3 cal 7.62mm sniper rifle, 5 cal 7.62mm M14, 2 caliber 5.56mm Ultimax, 2 caliber 5.56mm M16, 9 cal .50 sniper rifle, 1 cal .30 sniper rifle, 42 cal .30 Garrand, 44 cal .30 Mussel, 4 cal .30 Carbine, 1 cal .30 light machine gun, 3 cal .30 Browning Automatic rifle, 51 12-Gauge Shotgun, 43 cal 40mm M79 grenade launcher, 1 cal 40mm M203, 1 rocket propelled grenade, 4 60mm mortar, 1 single-shot pistol, 1 single-shot M16, 2 Thompson, 17 Springfield rifles, 2 Carbines, 2 cal 9mm UZI, 2 KG9, 2 12-gauge shot pistol, 1 cal .45 pistol, and 8 cal .38 revolver.
At present, a total 1,903 loose firearms were yielded to 6th Infantry Division. 6DPAO / MCAG