COTABATO CITY – Local officials of Maguindanao closed a peace treaty on Tuesday and ended a clan war in the city of Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao.
Lawyer Bobby Katambak, legal assistant of Maguindanao governor Esmael Mangudadatu, said that the long-standing family feud had already allowed several family members to die and that about 3,000 families were displaced.
On the joint efforts of Mangudadatu and Brig. General Diosdado Carreon, the commander of the 601st Infantry Brigade, the Sindatok and Dimaukom clans, agreed to end their dispute and promised to stop perpetrating violence against each other.
Katambak said the written ceasefire was signed by elders from both families, including members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
The Sindatok-Dimaukom "rido" (family feud) started last year with the assassination of Datu Saudi Ampatuan Deputy Mayor Anwar Sindatuk whose family blamed the Dimaukom clan.
Armed supporters of the two families repeatedly thought in collisions on the highway that connects Datu Saudi and Datu Piang, causing commuters and residents to be hit.
Katambak said among the signatories of the peace agreement Datu Saudi Acting Mayor Anida Dimaukom and local councilor Jaitun Sindatuk, who as Sangguniang Bayan member represents the Association of Barangay captains in place.
Both Mangudadatu and Carreon praised the two clans who voted to set aside their differences and help each other restore the normal course of events in the congregation. (PNA)