Saturday, November 19, 2016

Firefight erupts in North Cotabato due to 'rido'

From ABS-CBN (Nov 20): Firefight erupts in North Cotabato due to 'rido'

A ten-hour, sporadic firefight erupted in Barangay Lumupog in Midsayap, North Cotabato starting 7 a.m. on Saturday morning.

An exchange of gunfire ensued between followers of the MILF 105th Base Command sub-commander Abas Kudanding, and the group of Renz Tukuran, the chairman of Barangay Lumupog.

This, according to MILF Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces spokesperson Von Al haq, who also said that he has yet to receive reports if there were casualties on either side.

Al Haq says "rido," or family feud, is the root cause of the conflict.

The group of Kudanding and the group of Tukuran had already signed a ceasefire agreement three days ago, according to Abdullah Omar, the commander of MNLF Yaqeen National Task Force who is a relative of Tukuran.

He further claims that the group of Kudanding initiated the firefight.

As of now, authorities have yet to determine the number of families affected or displaced by the conflict.

Meanwhile, Al Haq says they are now finding ways to settle the conflict in a peaceful manner.

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