MILF rifts displace 90 families

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COTABATO CITY: At least 90 Muslim families have been displaced by ongoing armed conflict among members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in coastal villages of Datu Blah Sinsuat town in Maguindanao, according to the town mayor.

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Marshal Sinsuat said leaders and members of two base commands of the MILF in the villages of Meti and Sinapak were involved in the infighting.

“Our municipal social welfare workers are now attending to the needs of the displaced families,” Sinsuat reported.

He said the affected residents are temporarily housed in the barangay (village) halls of Meti and Sinapak.

The mayor added that the warring members of the MILF are disputing territorial issues in the two villages.

“We already settled this problem in a peaceful dialogue last November, but sadly they are at it again,” Sinsuat said.

“It was a long standing rido [family feud]involving leaders of two warring MILF groups,” he added.

“Our town DSWD [Department of Social Welfare and Development] office workers are now attending to the needs of affected families,” the mayor said.

He added that his office has sought intervention of the government and MILF ceasefire panels “so the civilians can return to their respective communities.”

Sinsuat appealed to warring MILF leaders, who happened to be related by blood, to disengage and allow peaceful solution to their misunderstanding.

“We asked both of you to disengage and settle your differences diplomatically,” Sinsuat told the warring MILF fighters through radio station dxMS-AM.

“Have pity on the civilians who have been evicted from their communities where their livelihood is located,” he said.

PNA

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