NoCot village officials join fight vs. loose guns

PEACE PARTNERS. Local officials in Pikit, North Cotabato supporting the disarmament drive of the Army hand over one of the seven unlicensed firearms they collected to Col. Jovencio Gonzales (5th from left), 602nd Infantry Brigade commander, during the turnover ceremony on Sunday (Nov. 21, 2021). The firearms (inset) came from illegal gun holders in the villages of Pamalian, Punol, Macasendeg, Damalasak, Kolambog, Silik, and Pulangi. (Photo courtesy of 90IB)

PIKIT, North Cotabato – Village officials here have thrown their support behind the Army’s campaign against loose firearms and help prevent the use of guns in next year’s elections.

On Sunday, seven assorted rifles were turned over by local officials to the military’s Joint Task Force Central (JTFC), through the Army’s 90th Infantry Battalion (90IB).

Lt. Col. Rommel Mundala, the 90IB commander, said the surrender was made possible with the help from officials of seven remote villages -- Pamalian, Punol, Macasendeg, Damalasak, Kolambog, Silik, and Pulangi.

The surrendered firearms were two Carbine rifles, one M1 Springfield rifle, two M1 Garand rifles, and two M1917 Enfield rifles.

Col. Jovencio Gonzales, Army’s 602nd Infantry Brigade commander, acknowledged the role of the community in realizing the latest achievement towards peace in the community.

"The people of North Cotabato, along with the local government units, have been our active partners in the attainment of peace and stability in the province," Gonzales said in a statement Sunday.

Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, Army’s 6th Infantry Division commander and head of JTFC, also repeated his appeal to other local officials in North Cotabato to replicate the efforts made by Pikit leaders in clearing their localities of loose firearms.

"A community without loose firearms indicates that it is stable and peaceful, free from any threat influence," he said in another statement. (PNA)

Source: Business Diary Philippines

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