30 unlicensed guns seized from Sultan Kudarat residents Print
Saturday, 14 October 2017 17:25

By John Felix Unson

Authorities confiscated 30 unlicensed firearms from residents in a hinterland village in Columbio town in Sultan Kudarat province on Thursday.

The crackdown was launched following a rash of shooting incidents in the area.

The firearms, 26 shotguns, three caliber 22 hunting rifles and a home-made M14 assault rifle, were collected from residents of Sitio Lam-is in Barangay Datalblao in Columbio during a joint operation by personnel of the municipal police led by Senior Inspector Bernard Francia, Jr.

Chief Inspector Aldrin Gonzales, spokesman of the Police Regional Office-12, said on Friday that the operation that resulted in the collection of the 30 firearms was assisted by combined teams from the Army’s 39th Infantry Battalion and the Sultan Kudarat provincial police office.

Barangay and municipal officials in Columbio, home to mixed Muslim, Christian and Lumad settlers, also helped in the collection of the unlicensed firearms.

Gonzales said the campaign against loose firearms of PRO-12 in all of the region’s towns and cities is parallel with the “Oplan Galugad” of the Philippine National Police.

The Oplan Galugad is meant to curb the proliferation of unlicensed guns in all parts of the country.