Feuds, land-related conflicts hamper Bangsamoro’s transition to peace

25/01/2021 11:30:00 PM

Feuds, land-related conflicts hamper Bangsamoro’s transition to peace

Feuds, land-related conflicts hamper Bangsamoro’s transition to peace

DAVAO CITY - The latest comprehensive report of Conflict Alert showed that an increasing number of clan feuding and land related conflicts in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) is threatening the region’s momentum to achieving peace.

DAVAO CITY– The latest comprehensive report of Conflict Alert showed that an increasing number of clan feuding and land related conflicts in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) is threatening the region’s momentum to achieving peace.

Young school girls pass by an Army outpost along the highway in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. ( MANILA BULLETIN / FILE / KEITH BACONGCO)Conflict Alert is a subnational conflict monitoring system focused on Mindanao and developed by the Philippines Programme of the independent peace building organization International Alert.

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Zea Capistrano DAVAO CITY – The latest comprehensive report of Conflict Alert showed that an increasing number of clan feuding and land related conflicts in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) is threatening the region’s momentum to achieving peace.Zea Capistrano DAVAO CITY – Members of the Philippine National Police (PNP)-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) have joined a two-day learning session on the settling of “rido” or family feuds.Japan and Australia previously spoke out on the issue.Duterte slams ‘critics’ who ‘prevented’ corruption in vaccine procurement The SSM said despite limited resources, the people of Sulu acknowledged the quick response of the interim government of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) to deliver the much needed basic services to Sulu, especially the timely relief assistance given to the fire victims at the Chinese Pier in Jolo and the medical help provided to the victims of the bombing in September 2020.

Young school girls pass by an Army outpost along the highway in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. ( MANILA BULLETIN / FILE / KEITH BACONGCO) Conflict Alert is a subnational conflict monitoring system focused on Mindanao and developed by the Philippines Programme of the independent peace building organization International Alert. (Manila Bulletin / File / Keith Bacongco) In a statement on Friday, January 29, the BARMM Ministry of Public Order and Safety (MPOS) said it conducted a learning session for the PNP-BARMM personnel in Cotabato City on January 27 and 28 “to further strengthen the security sector’s understanding on the complexity of settling ‘rido’ or clan feuds in the Bangsamoro region”. According to the report released on Monday (Jan. 7. 25), “the highest concentrations of clan feuds were in Lanao del Sur (64, up by 64 percent) and in Maguindanao, including Cotabato City (56, up by 22 percent). Muñoz.” “Picong, Lanao del Sur recorded six in 2019, the most by any municipality in the province and a drastic turnaround from zero incidents in 2018,” it added. BARMM has also assisted thousands of locally stranded individuals, returning overseas Filipino workers, and deportees from Sabah, Malaysia, and was able to construct a 100-bed isolation center in Sulu.

Meanwhile, in the areas of Lanao del Sur, particularly in Marawi City, and the municipalities of Marantao and Lumbatan, there were five incidents of clan feuds each from only two incidents recorded in 2018. Col. On Sunday, Mar, 21, Manila filed a diplomatic protest over the presence of the vessels. “Both local government officials coming from prominent families and clans as well as protagonists from lesser-known families and clans were targeted for assassination and ambuscades in 2019,” it said. In 2019, there were also 14 incidents of violent clan feuds in the towns of Mamasapano, Pagalungan, and Guindulungan in Maguindanao province, compared to zero incidents in 2018. Naciongayo said the PNP was “committed to help prevent and resolve rido in order to achieve peace and order in the BARMM community. The report described Mamasapano as an area lying “within the ‘SPMS Box’ in the province’s southeast, with Pagalungan and Guindulungan contiguous to this area. Chinese ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian further repeated this explanation during his “personal meeting” with President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday.” The SPMS box refers to the four main municipalities of Shariff Aguak, Pagatin (now Datu Saudi Ampatuan), Mamasapano, and Datu Salibo. (The problem about rido should not be ignored, and should instead be given importance with us being involved in whatever activity that will lead to the resolution of rido, so that there would be a peaceful and orderly society) The participants came from various units and divisions of the PNP-BARMM in Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi, including Cotabato City.

The report said “the SPMS Box and surrounding areas host the MILF, BIFF, and private armed groups.” “Some of the clashes in the three municipalities involved MILF commanders or their men or clans affiliated with them. However, he added that the number “may potentially increase as they proceed with rido mapping and profiling this year. Meanwhile, in Parang, located in the northern part of Maguindanao, the number of incidents doubled in 2019,” it said. During the  virtual presser for the launching of the 2020 Bangsamoro conflict report Nikki de la Rosa, country director of peacebuilding organization International Alert Philippines said “(t)he irony is that previous combatants who ought to be retired from decommissioning and normalization processes are instead training their weapons against each other, against indigenous peoples, and against other claimants of land surrounding their previous camps. These cases include 32 from Lanao del Sur, 10 from Maguindanao, and seven cases from the special geographical area in the 63 barangays in North Cotabato.” “The combatants who lived in these camps desire permanent rights and ownership and these claims are now exacerbating tensions in the post-conflict normalization process,” de la Rosa added.

According to the report, the conflict monitoring system logged a total of 2,655 violent conflict incidents in the five BARMM provinces namely Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi, including the cities of Cotabato and Isabela by the end of 2019.  Currently, the Bangsamoro government has trained 1,220 local mediators in settling conflict and rido. This was a decrease of nine percent from the previous year. However, the report noted that while the overall “conflict incidents trended downward, flashpoints developed in many pockets and corners” of the BARMM. .