MARAWI CITY - Twelve firearms of different calibers were recovered in the military's house searches in Marantao town in Lanao del Sur while 31 firearms were surrendered by residents to barangay officials as government pursued its campaign against loose firearms.
The aggressive drive against unlicensed guns is in response to President Rodrigo Duterte's campaign against criminality.
Daan Ingud Chairman Saidamen Usman Naga admitted that local officials could not get everyone in his barangay to surrender their firearms.
"Rido or clan war is usually the reason why they held on to their firearms. The people felt they needed to protect themselves," he said.
Philippine Army 1st Infantry Division chief Brigadier General Roseller Murillo said they still have a long way to go. Out of an estimated 20,000 loose firearms in Lanao del Sur, only 1,000 were seized during the five-month conflict in Marawi City last year, and only 500 so far have been surrendered.