CAMP SIONGCO, Awang, DOS, Maguindanao – The conflict between two families in Cotabato City has been resolved after the Rido Settlement was conducted at the People’s Palace, Cotabato City Hall this morning of September 8, 2022.
An important action was taken with the help of Joint Task Force Kutawato, 6th Civil-Military Operations, Cotabato City Police Office, City Government of Cotabato, BARMM Government and stakeholders were agreed upon by the two families of Edris Ayunan, Barangay Chairman of Kalanganan 2 and Robinson Balabaran, Brgy. Chairman of Mother Tamontaka to stop their conflict.
JTF Kutawato Commander Colonel Glenn Loreto Caballero, 6CMO Battalion Commander Lt. witnessed the important event. Col. Dennis Almorato, PCol. Querubin Manalang, Cotabato City Police Office Director, City Mayor Bruce Matabalao and Deputy Mayors Hadji Abdullah Andang – Mayor for Muslims, Art Thomas Calingasan – Mayor for Christian Settlers, Jun Panalag – Mayor for IP Community and Narciso Co Yu Ekey – Mayor for Chinese Community.
Joint Task Force Central and 6th Infantry Division Commander, Major General Roy Galido thanked the two groups for their sincerity to resolve their differences in a peaceful manner and ended with a simple handshake ceremony by both sides.
He said the settlement is very timely because the National Peace Consciousness Month is being observed with the theme “Unity and Healing: A Country for Peace”.
It aims to remind Filipinos that through unity and cooperation, the country can achieve true and lasting peace.
He also hoped that all other warring clans within the area of responsibility of JTF Central and 6ID would also seek early resolution of their respective conflicts.
“By following the call for unity – regardless of religion, culture, and political belief – we as a people and a nation, will also achieve the same goal of having a true and lasting peace”, said Maj. Gen. Galido.