By Bonita Ermac
Military and local leaders helped end a 47-year feud between residents of Tipo-Tipo, Albarka, and Lamitan City in Basilan.
The drawn-out conflict among residents of Barangays Bohe Tambak, Bohe Lebbung, Bohe Baca of Tipo-Tipo and Barangays Cambug, Kailih of Albarka, and Parang Basak of Lamitan had stifled the delivery of basic government services, the economy and education in the barangays.
The settlement was sealed at the Army’s 18th Infantry Battalion headquarters in Barangay Bohe Pahu, Ungkaya Pukan last Thursday morning. It was witnessed by Brig. Gen. Fernando Reyeg, commander of Joint Task Force Basilan, and Basilan Rep. Mujiv Hataman.
“More than a hundred lives perished due to the conflict that finally ended this morning, thus contributing to our peace, security, and development efforts in Basilan,” said 18IB commander Lt. Col. Ivan San Jose.
The warring groups agreed to end the conflict without financial compensation or blood money, said San Jose.
“By ending their personal feud, the constituents of Basilan prove they are willing to lend a helping hand to our security and development efforts”, said Western Mindanao Command head Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana.
“This is crucial in ending armed struggles as the security forces move to disarm private groups and end local armed conflicts in the area,” he said.
Present were representatives of Albarka, Tipo-Tipo, and Lamitan City LGUs, members of the Basilan Ulama Supreme Council, and Dr. Arlyn Jumao-as, founder of the Save the Children of War Foundation.