By Bonita L. Ermac
ILIGAN CITY – Assemblyman Zia Adiong urged authorities yesterday to use the prevailing Martial Law in Mindanao to help resolve clan disputes following a recent clash by two warring clans in Barangay Gandamato, Bacolod Kalawi town in Lanao del Sur last January 5.
“While Martial Law is still in effect, we should capitalize on it by resolving clan disputes in order to maintain peace and order and stability on the ground,” he said.
Adiong said security forces should strengthen their partnership with civilian authority by working closely on any peace resolution initiatives with the community leaders and local government units (LGUs) to appreciate the cultural dynamics involve in resolving rido.
“The objective really is to end family disputes and not simply to impose ceasefire,” he said.
Adiong added that to effectively resolve disputes or rido from spreading, authorities should ensure that loose firearms will not fall into the wrong hands and should stop the proliferation of unregistered firearms in the market.
Colonel Romeo Brawner, Jr., Deputy, Joint Task Force Marawi said that recovered from the rido encounter site were two (2) M14 rifles with serial number 248135, and one (1) deface serial number; one (1) M16 rifles with SN 790721501; one (1) caliber .22, rifle SN DRD2014 and thirteen (13) M203 ammunitions, twenty-nine (29) pieces caliber 7.62 ammo, two (2) M14 and twenty-five (25) pieces, 5.56 ammo, one (1) magazine of M16, and five more firearms.
Brawner clarified that there were no person killed during the rido encounter on January 5. Wounded were: (on the Dipatuan side) Hisam Pukunan Dipatuan, 34 years old, and (on the Amanodin side) Abdulbarie Macaborod, 22; Samsudin Malawad, 41; Cosain Pangcoga, 55 and Jamel Pangcoga, 35.
Major General Roseller Murillo added that this should serve as a warning to warring clans to stop attacking their adversaries.
Join Task Force Ranao will also strictly enforce the total gun ban in its area of operation as it applies the full force of Martial Law in Mindanao.