BULUAN, Maguindanao: A seven-year-old rido or clan feud that stemmed from a political rift involving four Moro families from Iranun community in Maguindanao peacefully ended to the relief of local authorities.
Leaders of warring Moro families – the Tomawis allied with the Simban clans and their counterparts the Dagalangit with the Malambut families – finally embraced each other here on Tuesday.
Mayor Abdulrajak Tomawis and Vice Mayor Amirsalam Dagalangit of Barira town, with their respective family leaders swore to the Holy Qur’an in the presence of witnesses and mediators not to fight anymore.
Tomawis and Dagalangit both said they decided to end the feud after months of mediation of negotiators in order to work toward peace and development in their town.
Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu, chairman of the Maguindanao Task Force on Reconciliation and Unification (MTFRU), presided over the settlement rites where the protagonists signed a covenant.
Witnesses to the agreement were Lt. Col. Florencio Politud, commander of the Army’s 37th Infantry Battalion based in Barira, a Moro Islamic Liberation Front liaison officer, an imam and other intervening traditional leaders.
The feud stemmed from political rift and resulted in the killing of eight members from both families.
The first fatality was Alex Tomawis, then Barira town vice mayor and chairman of Iranun Development Council.
He was shot dead by alleged hired assassins near his rest house in Davao City in November 2010.
The recent pact brought more than 60 the number of fatal clan feuds settled peacefully under the MTFRU.
Rido is considered one of the major issues in Muslim Mindanao as it has brought destruction apart from numerous casualties and divisions among the Moro people.