Lanao del Sur

AFP settles Lanao Sur clan feud for Ramadan

MARAWI CTY, Lanao del Sur: Marawi-based 103rd Infantry (HARIBON) Brigade has facilitated the settlement of a family feud (rido) between the Alulong and Bantuas Clans who are all residents of Bacolod-Kalawi, Lanao del Sur.

The settlement held on Thursday at the Provincial Capitol Complex here was made possible through the efforts of the Bacolod-Kalawi Municipal Task Force on Ending Local Armed Conflict (MTF-ELAC) composed of the Bacolod-Kalawi LGU, Alpha Company of the 55th Infantry Battalion, Bacolod-Kalawi Municipal Police Station, Municipal Interior and Local Government Office, local traditional leaders, and other local agencies.

It was made possible through the efforts of the Bacolod-Kalawi Municipal Task Force on Ending Local Armed Conflict (MTF-ELAC) composed of the Bacolod-Kalawi LGU, Alpha Company of the 55th Infantry Battalion, Bacolod-Kalawi Municipal Police Station, Municipal Interior and Local Government Office, local traditional leaders, and other local agencies.

During the ceremony, both clans reconciled and agreed that they will not start nor agitate any violent actions against each other.

The Alulong clan turned over four rifles composed of two (2) M16A1, one (1) M653 carbine, and one (1) M1 carbine as a symbol of their sincerity.

The two clans were locked in a series of violent armed encounter since early January of this year causing alarm and panic not just in their barangay but also in adjacent areas. Fortunately, said encounters resulted only to minor injuries.

Deputy Brigade Commander Col. Nolie Anquilliano expressed his appreciation to the Municipal Task Force ELAC of Bacolod-Kalawi and to everyone who contributed to the settlement of the conflict.

He also mentioned that the settlement is very timely since it is the celebration of the Holy Month of Ramadan and that he is hopeful all other feuding clans within the Lanao del Sur will also aspire for the early resolution of their respective conflicts. 

Brigade commander Col. Jose Maria R Cuerpo stressed that “Rido Settlement” will remain as one of the priorities of the brigade in attaining peace and development in the province.

The Bacolod-Kalawi Inter-Agency Task Force ELAC aims to address the threat of terrorism and other factors which lead to armed conflicts through collaborative law enforcement operations, conflict resolution and the resolution of societal issues.

MASIDING NOOR YAHYA/RSP

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