PIKIT, North Cotabato—A long standing “rido” or clan feud between the Camin and Makalugi clans of Pikit, North Cotabato was settled in a “kanduli” and with a peace covenant signed on September 28, 2015 at 2J & G Venue and Catering Services in this town, populated by a mixed population of Moros and Christian settlers.
The settlement was facilitated by the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) led by Dr. Rahib L. Kudto, its national President. He was assisted by Prof. Datuan M. Magon, the UNYPAD BSN General Coordinator and other officials of the organization. The facilitator is a non-government organization acting as a local partner of the Conciliation Resources (C-R), an international NGO.
The feud originated from a conflict over a parcel of land situated in the boundary of Buliok and Pikit, North Cotabato. They began their first armed confrontation in 1983 or some thirty-two years ago and lasted up to the present.
Both clans are affiliated with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) under the 7th Brigade Commander Bad Boy of the 118th Base Command and the other one under Brigade Commander Butch of the BIAF’s General Staff, respectively.
Their inveterate reprisals against one another though not sanctioned by the MILF caused many deaths on both sides including innocent those not a party to the conflict.
Witnessing the signing were: the Mayor of Pikit, Bai Muhyryn A. Sultan-Casi; IMT Deputy Head of Mission, First Admiral Datu Khairuddin bin Mohammad Arif; C-R official; representatives from the MILF Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF); other LGU officials, police and military components; and civilians.
In his speech, Dr. Kudto outlined the rationale of the mediation as follows: That a conciliation mechanism was set by the MILF where UNYPAD is one of those under it. Back channeling was made with the two parties.
UNYPAD facilitated the peace covenant with the aim to end the more than thirty years of conflict between the clans. Prof. Magon read the covenant with a brief citation, to wit: That the settlement must be pursued through peaceful means. Boundaries of the land subject of the conflict must be fairly determined. Recurrence of the violent past must be avoided. Core group must be organized to act on important matters.
The parties must preserve the sanctity of the covenant. Issues that may further arise should be brought before the Barangay LGUs, or the Police, or the MILF-BIAF, or the MILF Political Committee, to prevent their escalation. The parties must highly appreciate the facilitation by the UNYPAD and the European Union.
The Philippine National Police and the government military guarded the settlement venue.