CAMP SANG-ANG, Labangan, ZDS – A 40-year clan war in Lanao del Sur was settled by Army’s 49th Infantry Battalion and Local Government of Poona Bayabao and Masiu in Headquarters, 103rd Infantry Brigade, Marawi City, Wednesday, August 14, 2019
“Warring families of Baraontong, Macud, Rangeris and Magandia against Ditopor and Faisal Lumamba occurred due to political rivalry and land disputes”, said Lt. Col Edgar Allan Villanueva, 49th Infantry Battalion Commander.
Both parties yielded two M16 rifle, magazines and ammunitions, signed the agreement “Kapasadan” and pledge to the Qur’an to show their sincerity of ending the clan war,
Mayor Nasser Pangandaman of Masiu and Mayor Lampa Pandi of Poona Bayabao, who also facilitated the end of dispute, were thankful to the troops who stood as the mediator of the warring clans.
Brig. Gen. Romeo Brawner, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander and who has operational jurisdiction of Lanao del Sur, is grateful and honoured for the clans decision to end their war and unite at their headquarters.
“We are all Filipinos and brothers in blood. We must unite and we should not allow our younger generations to inherit the grudges and the rages we’ve had in our past”, added Brawner.
For his part, Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, lauded the troops and the local government for the successful Rido settlement.
“Our troops and your Army is sincere and ready to mediate, assist and facilitate settlement of clan wars in order to achieve a just and lasting peace in our communities”, added Ancan.
“We are also thankful to the stakeholders and the local government units for their unwavering efforts in addressing social and societal problems in our area of responsibility”, Ancan concluded.