SULU, Philippines –— Pata, Sulu municipal Mayor Anton Burahan and his barangay officials surrendered high powered firearms and live ammunition Friday, February 2, 2018.
Burahan led the authorities to Pata Island to recover assorted firearms and crew served weapons. Burahan also turned over his unlicensed firearms.
Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, Joint Task Force Sulu commander, said Burahan surrendered the firearms to to his command at about 1 p.m. Friday.
Burahan of the island municipality of Pata, was accompanied by barangay chairpersons and other municipal government officials when he turned over the firearms to Sobejana.
Sobejana said Burahan surrendered three 81-mm mortar tubes, one 90 Recoilless Rifle, one barrel of caliber .50 machine gun, four M-16 Armalite rifles, three M-14 rifles, five Garand rifles, one M-79 Grenade Launcher, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
“The genuine gesture of Mayor Burahan and his constituents in giving up voluntarily their war materiel can be a good example to all other government officials and the Tausogs as a whole who are bearing arms illegally,” Sobejana said.
He said the surrender was brought about by the relentless campaign of Joint Task Force Sulu agai.
The surrendered firearms include following: three (3) M14 rifles; four (4) M16 rifles; five (5) garand rifles; one (1) M79; one (1) 90 recoiless rifles; three (3) 81MM Mortar tubes; one (1) 50 cal. Barrel; six (6) M-14 magazines with 108 rounds of ammos; four (4) 20 rds mags of M16; one (1) 20 rds plastic mag of M16; one (1) 30rds imag of M16; 120 rds; 5.56MM ammos; two (2) garands; 124 rds garand ammos 19 clips and three (3) magazine pouches.
On January 31, the elements of the (NTGS/PMRFS) led by Lt Col Stephen Cabanlet (MBLT 1), 1Lt Noah Umipig (SOP1) and 1Lt Gorge Hamili (61MC, MARSOG), also recovered: one (1) Caliber 50 Machinegun without barrel; 150 rds Caliber 50 ammunition; one(1) base plate of 81mm Mortar; one(1) bipod of 81mm mortar; one(1) Tripod of cal. 50 Machinegun; Eight(8) 81mm Mortar ammunition; four(4) ammunition of 90RR; 50 rds; 60mm mortars ammunition.
Sobejana said “It is our goal to make Sulu a gun-free province. As we exert efforts to transform Sulu from terrorism to tourism, we want also to espouse the hashtag from Arm to Farm.” -Richard G. Falcatan/Newsline.ph