Warring North Cotabato Muslim clans smoke peace pipe

COTABATO CITY – Warring families in the borders of North Cotabato and Lanao del Sur were brought together on Friday to end their long-drawn “rido” (family feud).

SETTLED. Members of Moro warring clans are emotional during a peaceful settlement of a long-standing family feud involving three big clans in Banisilan, North Cotabato and Wao, Lanao del Sur on Friday (Dec. 25, 2020). The clans had been at odds for three decades. (Photo courtesy of NoCot PIO)

Tears fell and excitement ran high after North Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco, with the help of Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal Adiong Jr., the Army’s 34th Infantry Battalion (34IB), and other local officials, successfully gathered the families who were locked in a decades-old clan war into the negotiating table in Banisilan, North Cotabato.

“I am very glad to be part of the settlement that reunited the families of Rajamuda, Mantitayan, Tidong,” Catamco said, referring to the families who live in Banisilan and the adjacent town of Wao in Lanao del Sur.

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