Three members of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) were killed when a long-standing family feud, locally known as “rido,” erupted in the
here on Thursday night, police
and local officials said. village of Kidama
Senior Inspector Sunny Leoncito, Matalam town police chief, said the firefight involving MNLF and rival Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) occurred at about 7 p.m. on December 31.
Leoncito told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) that the clan war involved the MNLF under Kamid Mangadta alias Commander Dragon and MILF 108th base commander leader Kepig Imbong who was a village council member of Barangay Kidama.
Killed were Badrudin Ingkig, 27, Akmad Taya, 60 and a certain Marcial, 35, all MNLF members and residents of Barangay Kidama.
“This is rido (family feud) and not organizational fight of MILF and MNLF,” Mayor Oscar Valdevieso said in a radio interview after he met with the leaders of warring groups.
Quoting police reports, Valdevieso told DXND-AM Radyo Bida that at least six houses were torched by the protagonists.
More than 150 families have fled from Barangay Kidama while about 50 other families from nearby
also evacuated. village
The displaced families welcomed 2016 in two evacuation sites while the local government have extended relief assistance.