Reconciliation ends another bloody 'Rido'.
Buluan, Maguindanao - Another bloody "rido" (family feud) in the conflict-strapped province of Maguindanao ended peacefully during a formal ceremony here Tuesday night with the protagonists hugging tightly one another after signing a peace covenant.
The feud, which allegedly evolved from a "love triangle" between the clans of Danil Magalang and Tering Macacuna, was the 21st bloody conflict settled by the three-year-old Maguindanao Task Force on Reconciliation and Unification (MTFRU).
Maguindanao Gov. Esmael "Toto" Mangudadatu, MTFRU chairman, presided over the event at the provincial satellite capitol building here where task force officials and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) local leaders recounted the evolution of the family feud from the murder in 2012 of a certain Dioly Magalang in the tripartite romance.
The murder followed separate arsons on the houses of both feuding families, prompting the local government units (LGUs) of Rajah Buayan and Sultan-sa-Barongis towns, both of Maguindanao, where the protagonists reside, to intercede for settlement in coordination with the MILF's 106th Base Command covering both municipalities, MTFRU officials said.
MTFRU acting Deputy Chairperson Yamashita Mangakop said the family feud involved "ordinary people" but the nature of the conflict was "serious" among Muslim locals that abide by the rule of the Shariah Law that prescribes death for all parties involved in adultery.