COTABATO CITY – A clan member was wounded as a longtime feud between two warring families broke out anew in Midsayap, North Cotabato on Thursday afternoon, a military official here said.
Maj. Arvin John Encinas, Army’s 6th Infantry Division (6ID) spokesperson, said the clans involved in the conflict belong to Mama Makalimbol, an alleged leader of a local private armed group, and Datu Duluan, a Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) area commander.
Encinas said the two families traded shots around 4 p.m. in remote Barangay Tumbras, resulting to the wounding of a certain Akmad Baraguir who belongs to the Makalimbol group.
“The wounded Baraguir was immediately brought to a local infirmary for treatment,” he told the Philippine News Agency in a phone interview Friday.
He said troopers from the Army’s 34th Infantry Battalion responded to the scene, firing three 81 mm mortar projectiles to pacify and separate the quarreling families.
“Officials from the Midsayap town government and local elders are currently talking with the two sides to sort out their differences that have spanned over the last decade,” Encinas said.
He added that the 6ID has also referred the matter to the joint government-MILF coordinating peace panels to talk things over with Duluan.
Some 200 villagers who evacuated at the height of the conflict have started returning home on Friday morning, Encinas said. (PNA)