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Feuding Lanao del Sur clans agree to Ramadan truce
The online news portal of TV5

COTABATO CITY, Philippines -- Clans in Lanao del Sur whose feud erupted in bloodshed that left at least eight dead and five wounded over the weekend have acceded to requests from authorities to observe a ceasefire out of respect for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The fighting between the combined Guro and Macugar clans and the Capal family also drove at least 50 families from Barangay Linao, Bayang town.

“Alhamdulillah (Praise Allah), the fighting ceased as the warring families heeded the combined efforts initiated thru the help of our elected councilors, peace advocates, elders and sultans of both sides,” Bayang Mayor Sahroden “Maya” Ampatua said over the phone after the truce was forged.

Ampatua credited the prompt response of emissaries sent by Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Governor Mujiv Hataman, regional police director Chief Superintendent Noel Delos Reyes, Lanao del Sur Govrenor Mamintal Alonto-Adiong Jr. and Colonel Glenn Macasero, commander of the Army’s 103rd Infantry Brigade.

Some of the evacuees who fled their homes since hostilities broke out Friday have moved to Marawi City and the neighboring towns of Binidayan and Taraka, Ampatua said.

Most of the evacuees belong to the rival clans.

Intense rivalries during the May 13 elections are believed to have rekindled the long-simmering animosities between the clans after some members of the Capal family supported candidates in Lumbaca-Unayan town even if they live in Bayang.

On Friday, Hadji Naim Capal was killed in Bayang, prompting some 40 of his relatives to mount retaliatory attacks on the clans they believed responsible.

Delos Reyes said he would look into the reports that two policemen under his command were involved in the fighting, which also reportedly saw 11 houses burned.