Loose firearms surrendered, feuding clans patch up in Cebu town

Annie Perez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 14 2017 08:09 PM

About 100 loose firearms were surrendered to authorities in the town of Ronda, Cebu. Annie Perez, ABS-CBN News

Gun owners on Thursday returned several unlicensed firearms, including caliber .38 and caliber .45 pistols plus other high-powered firearms, to police in Ronda town, southern Cebu. 

All firearms, including armalites and shotguns, were presented to the public as part of the campaign in support of President Rodrigo Duterte's order for authorities to account for all loose firearms.

Several alleged hitmen also surrendered to authorities, including one Jerrick "A-ay" Torres, who was said to have started gang wars in Barangay Malalay in Ronda town. 

Supt. Joie Yape, Ronda police chief and intelligence branch head, said Torres has been tagged in several killings in Ronda since 1998 because of his family's land dispute with the Omboy family.

Yape said Ronda's tense peace and order situation is because of different supporters of the feuding clans.

The families on Thursday finally patched things up in front of the Philippine National Police and local officials.

Mayor Mariano Blaco believes that with this development, there would be stable peace and order in Ronda. Yape also vowed to monitor the movements of both families to make sure that there would be no more bloodshed.