Unlicensed high-powered firearms surrendered in Maguindanao

Arianne Apatan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 03 2018 09:45 PM

Civilians surrendered a number of loose firearms to the military in Datu Unsay town, Maguindanao. Courtesy of the 6th Infantry Battalion

DATU UNSAY, Maguindanao—Fifteen unlicensed firearms were surrendered by civilians in this town Friday.

Of that total, 10 were high-powered firearms. Assorted magazines and ammunition were also turned over to authorities.

Chiefs of 6 villages namely Meta, Maitumaig, Pananget, Macalag, Tuntungan and Bulayan brought the weapons to military personnel.

Captain Arvin Encinas, public affairs chief of the 6th Infantry Battalion, said this is a positive development in the government's campaign against weapons that can be used in clan wars or "rido."

"Nakita natin na ang mga loose firearms nagagamit sa mga rido cases at iba pang criminality kung kaya't mas pinalalakas natin [ang kampanya laban dito]," Encinas said.

Earlier this week, residents of Buldon, Parang, Matanog and Barira towns also surrendered 88 loose firearms to authorities.