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            TAWI-TAWI – Three (3) units of Loose Firearms were turned over by local official to Bongao Municipal Police Station in Barangay Pag-asa, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi on June 20, 2021.

            The report from Bongao Municipal Police Station disclosed that at about 11:00 A.M of June 20, 2021, the Barangay Chairwoman of Barangay Kamagong Hon Vilma J Hamudan, came to Bongao Municipal Police Station and voluntarily surrendered One (1) unit M14 Rifle, One (1) unit M16 Rifle, and One (1) unit KG9 Rifle 9mm LUGER . Chairwoman Hamudan also surrendered and turned over to Bongao MPS the two (2) pcs of Live Rifle Grenade; Seven (7) pieces of M14 Magazinee; Three (3) pieces of M16 Long Magazine; Four (4) pcs of M16 Short Magazine; Two (2) pcs of KG9 9mm Magazine; One (1) pc of extended Barrel (Silencer); One Hundred Sixteen (116) rds of M14 Rifle live ammunition; One Hundred Seventeen (117) rds of M16 Rifle live ammunition; Fourteen (14) rds of KG9 9mm Live ammunition; One (1) Black M14 magazine pouch; One (1) Green M16 magazine pouch; One (1) Black M16 magazine pouch; and One (1) Black/Green side pouch. After documentation, the said firearms, ammunition, and other surrendered items were turned over to the custody of supply PNCO of Bongao MPS for proper disposition.

            The turnover of firearms was part of the continued PNP campaign dubbed as “Oplan Kontra Boga Bravo”, a campaign against loose firearms. Under LOI Kontra Boga, the PNP shall conduct aggressive police operations targeting unregistered and unlicensed firearms in the hands of threat groups, criminal elements, and the civilian population as well as firearms with expired or not renewed licenses.

            Likewise, Police Regional Office Bangsamoro Autonomous Region under the leadership of Police Brigadier General Eden T Ugale, Regional Director will intensify its campaign against loose firearms across the region.

            Meanwhile, Police BGen Ugale calls for private individuals and local officials who have unlicensed guns or with expired license to surrender their firearms. Otherwise, case build-up operation will be conducted upon them. He also urges all police units of PRO BAR to be proactive in the drive against persons with loose firearms and to step up its campaign against loose firearms.