By Rubyloida Bitog
TAYUM, Abra — Residents are trying to ‘clean’ the name of the province as a political hot spot by surrendering firearms to law enforcers in preparation for the upcoming May 2013 elections.
In Barangay Gaddani, Tayum chief Arman Alagao and Vice Mayor Reynaldo Alagao turned over for safe keeping a live rifle grenade to Senior Police Officer 4 Ferdinand Astudillo, Deputy Chief of Police of Tayum MPS on Oct. 21 around 5:30 p.m.
Barangay watchmen found the grenade while patrolling along Abra – Kalinga National Road.
Meanwhile, Captain Dick Mallare, also from Tayum, voluntarily surrendered a homemade cal. 22 revolver, two homemade (12 GA) shotgun pistol, and five rounds of live ammunition for caliber 50 to Senior Inspector Andres Calaowa, COP Tayum MPS.
The firearms and ammunition were turned over as a gesture of support to the Abrenios’ quest for lasting peace during a dialogue in Sitio An – anaao, Budak, Tayum on Oct. 24.
On same date, members of Bucloc MPS recovered two homemade gauge, 12 shotguns without serial numbers, and ammunition while conducting foot patrol in Sitio Batweng, a boundary of Bucloc and Sallapadan municipalities.