COTABATO CITY: The Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) based in Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City has successfully ended the 40-year rido or clan war in Marawi City on Wednesday where both military and local officials joined together to settle the feuds.

The rido settlement was held at the 103rd Infantry Brigade headquarters in Marawi City.

The decades-long dispute between the Baraontong, Macud, Rangeris and Magandia families, and the Ditopor and Faisal Lumamba families was fueled by political rivalry and land dispute, according to Lt. Col. Edgar Allan Villanueva, 49th Infantry Battalion commander.

The parties surrendered two M16 rifles, magazines and ammunition to military troops. They also signed the agreement known as “Kapasadan” and pledged to the Koran to show their sincerity in ending the clan war.

Mayors Nasser Pangandaman of the towns of Masiu and Lampa Pandi of Poona Bayabao, respectively, facilitated to end the dispute. The two mayors thanked the military troops who stood as the mediator of the warring clans.

“We are all Filipinos and brothers in blood. We must unite and not allow our younger generations to inherit the grudges and the rages we had in our past,” said Brig. Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr., 103rd Infantry Brigade commander.

“If we resolve conflicts between warring clans, then we make strides in ending hostilities for our peace and security goals in Mindanao. That is why we are doing all that we can do to pacify family and political feuds and demilitarize organized groups to end armed struggles in the operational area,” said Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, WestMinCom commander.

“The military bridges grassroots negotiations and reconciliation in the hope that this will advance our campaign for stability in the regions,” added Sobejana.