By Ali G. Macabalang
COTABATO CITY – A bloody rido or clannish feud has recurred violently between Moro families in villages bordering Maguindanao and North Cotabato, leaving 6 residents including women and a minor wounded when one of warring camps fired a grenade launcher on the location of the rival clan over the weekend.
The six casualties were identified as Edres, 51; Zahra, 47; Sipaw, 11; and Mansur, 5 – all surnamed Lumambas; 20-year old Maikel Kadil; and Nasrudin Biya, 36, all residents of Barangay Bagoenged in Pagalungan, Maguindanao, according to Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) of the village.
The victims were wounded in a “mortar” shelling in the evening of April 11 the from other side of the river, specifically from the camp of Barangay Chairman Benjamin Mantol of Talitay, Pikit, North Cotabato, the SK said in a Facebook post on Sunday.
In the online post coupled with photos of the casualties, the SK called for prompt intervention by higher authorities to prevent the escalation of the renewed attack to bloodier proportion.
The incumbent Barangay Talitay chair is son of Sanday Buto “Butch” Mantol, a field commander of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (BIAF-MILF), who had allegedly been at odds with the former Barangay Chairman Mohammad Andoy of Bagoenged, Pagalungan, Maguindanao, the SK post and Bulletin sources confirmed.
“Matagal na ang rido ng dalawang kampo na yan,” a lady worker at the Pangalungan municipal government told the Bulletin on Sunday by phone, referring to the Mantol and Andoy families.
She described the Mantol-Andoy clannish feud as an “intramural within the BIAF-MILF,” saying the Andoy family is also “associated” with the former revolutionary front-turned government partner in the advent of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
Butch Mantol is allied allegedly with Pagalungan Mayor Salik Mamasabulod, while Andoy is a former president of the town’s federation of barangay chairpersons who ran but lost to the incumbent mayor in the 2019 mayoral race, other sources privy to the warring families told the Bulletin.
BARMM Executive Secretary Abdulraof Macacua said on Monday night that both warring families are field forces of the associated with the BIAF-MILF and that they had sent emissaries to investigate the April 11 incident.
Macacua, who is concurrent BIAF-MILF chief-of-staff, said the BARMM leadership would provide medical and relief assistance to the wounded victims and their families He clarified that the incident did not involve a mortar shelling but a grenade launcher.
Prior to the recurrence of the Mantol-Andoy clannish rido, he said, BARMM officials had made an arrangement with Maguindanao Governor Mariam Sangki-Mangudadatu for an amicable settlement of the feud. But the advent of the coronavirus (CPVID-19) pandemic requiring emergency measures has overtaken the planned settlement.
Meantime, Macacua said, BARMM Chief Minister Ahdo “Hadji Murad” Ebrahim was waiting for result of field probe by their emissaries led by Zainudin Malang of the Bangsamoro Human Rights Commission as a “basis” for their judicial sanction on the to families.
Ebrahim, aho also chairs the MILF Central Committee, wanted the BARMM-Maguindanao joint efforts carried out first before he would render judgment, Macacua said. (Ali G. Macabalang/RSP)
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