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Gov’t assisting to resolve 'rido' clan feud in North Cotabato


The Government of the Philippines (GPH) Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH) and Ad Hoc Joint Action Group (AHJAG) have assisted in resolving peacefully clan feud locally known as “rido” involving two warring commanders of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Barangay Dungos, Tulunan, North Cotabato.

CCCH and AHJAG said the time has come to stop armed clashes between the clans of the Sultan and Panangulon in Tulunan and neighboring M’lang tribe arising from a boundary land dispute on a banana plantation currently cultivated by the RNF Industries Corporation.

MILF Commanders Jun Panangulon and Jabidi Abdul, alias Bedz, of the Panangulon clan and former MILF Commander Sukarno Husain of the Sultan family have been the principals in the long-running feud that has disrupted law and order in the area.

The local government unit (LGU) of Tulunan requested the help of the government ceasefire committee in resolving the land conflict that has displaced 100 families.

The Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC) discussed last week with the three feuding families to resolve the land dispute.

Present in the meeting were Tulunan Mayor Lani Candolada, M’lang Mayor Joselito Piñol, 6th Infantry Division head Maj. Gen. Rey C. Ardo, GPH-CCCH chair Brig. Gen. Ariel B. Bernardo, Senior Military Adviser to the GPH panel B/Gen. Leo Crescente B. Ferrer, GPH-AHJAG chair B/Gen. Allan R. Luga, 601st Brigade Commander Col. Caesar Dionisio Sedillo, and CCCH Secretariat head Maj. Carlos T. Sol Jr., among others.

The parties agreed to a cessation of hostilities while the land conflict is being resolved by appropriate government agencies.

All three clans previously signed a Memorandum of Agreement to establish boundaries of each landholding through an actual survey that will be conducted by the Ad Hoc Committee of the Tulunan LGU.

The CCCH is comprised of members from the GPH and the MILF, as well as neutral parties. Established in 2003, it has been tasked to monitor the implementation of the GPH-MILF Ceasefire Agreement and resolve complaints over ceasefire violations so that small skirmishes do not intensify.

On the other hand, the AHJAG is a joint effort of both parties, seeking to interdict and isolate lawless elements that take refuge in or near MILF communities. It was initially formed during the May 2002 peace negotiations between the GPH and the MILF in Cyberjaya, Malaysia.

By Ben Cal

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