Why Bangsamoro gov't needs to end 'rido'

by Albashir Saiden, ABS-CBN News Central Mindanao

Posted at Apr 15 2014 07:44 PM | Updated as of Apr 16 2014 03:56 AM

MAGUINDANAO -- A total of 228 violent incidents involving warring clans were recorded in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in the last 3 months, the Regional Reconciliation and Unification Commission (RRCU) said Tuesday.

RCCU executive director Norodin Manalao said most of the incidents occurred in the province of Maguindanao, particularly Sultan Kudarat, Sultan Mastura, Parang, Barira, Buldon, and Matanog.

He said is hopeful that the incoming Bangsamoro government will find ways to end "rido" or clan wars.

The RRCU, the police, the military, and other stakeholders held a dialogue on the issue on Tuesday in General Salipada Pendatun Camp in Parang, Maguindanao.

"Dito kasi sa atin hindi mawawala ang tinatawag na "maratabat" (pride), kaya talagang mahirap solusyonan ang rido," Manalao said.

"Pero umaasa tayo na sa pagpasok ng Bangsamoro government, mababawasan at unti-unti itong mawawala," he added.

Manalao said rido happens because of land disputes and political rivalries.

The RRCU is holding multi-sectoral dialogues in the communities to end clan fighting.

"Ang mga localized conflicts kasi tulad ng mga rido ay malaking epekto sa pangkalahatan, so its everybody's concern," Manalao said.

"Kaya dapat alamin natin ang mga hinaing ng mga tao sa komunidad, para malaman natin ang mga tamang mekanismo bilang solusyon or to lessen and to put an end sa issue ng rido sa ARMM," he added.