Friday, December 11, 2020

Tribal Council key to facilitating conflict resolution in IP areas

- The tribal council of Malaybalay City were firm in their resolve to mediate and put an end to a long-standing conflict by facilitating the reconciliation of the two (2) Indigenous People (IP) families which have been involved in decades of conflict at Barangay Silae, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon on November 28, 2020.

Several tribal leaders who are members of the tribal council attended the customary settlement of the two (2) clans in conflict. Through this, reconciliation between two families, who had over 20 years of conflict, has been successful. The council was created after the Indigenous People Mandatory Representative (IPMR) of Malaybalay City strengthened its IP structure to take care of and solve the different problems and issues in the IP community.

Datu Harry S. Sumbongan, Malaybalay City Tribal Chieftain; Datu Geneveve B. Perino, Municipal IPMR of Cabanglasan; and Datu Rene S. Sumbongan, City IPMR of Malayabalay City were among the tribal leaders who facilitated the customary settlement. Col. Jose Arn M. Real, Deputy Brigade Commander of 403rd Infantry Brigade; Lt. Col. Edgarvo V. Talaroc Jr., Commanding Officer of 8th Infantry Battalion were also there to witness the said settlement.

“Ingon usa ka nagkahiusa nga mga IP mahimo nato na ma sulbad ang atong problema pinaagi sa naandan nga mga balaod sa atong kaugalingon na koseho sa tribu. Nagtrabaho ako aron mapalig-on ang among istruktura sa IP aron matabangan ang komunidad sa IP alang sa kalinaw ug kalambaon,” Datu Rene S. Sumbungan, City IPMR of Malaybalay City motivatedly gave his statement.

(As a united IPs, we can solve our problem through customary laws in our own tribal council. I will work hard to strengthen our IP structure to help the IP community for peace and development.)

Lt. Col. Edgardo V. Talaroc Jr., Commanding Officer of the 8th Infantry Battalion congratulates all of the personalities especially the tribal council who stood for the reconciliation of the two (2) clans who have been in conflict for decades.

Lt. Col. Talaroc Jr. further said, “Usa kini nga pamatuod nga ang inyong konseho sa tribu adunay pagtagad sa inyong mga kabalaka ug nagtinguha nga masulbad ang inyong mga problema. Ayaw pag padani sa mga NPA nga nag paka aron ingnon nga kauban ninyo.

(It is proof that your tribal council heeds your concerns and exerts effort to solve your problems. Do not be persuaded by the New People's Army pretending to stand by you.)

“Mapasalamaton ako sa atong konseho sa tribu alang sa ilang pagpaningkamot aron masulbad ang dugay na nga panagbangi sa duha pamilya sa tribu. Malipayon ako sa duha ka pamilya Dela Mance og Goaynon nga sa katapusan na balik ang ilang maayo nga relasyon,” Col. Jose Arn M. Real, Deputy Brigade Commander of 403rd Infantry Brigade said.

(I am grateful to the tribal council for their efforts to resolve the long-standing dispute between the two (2) families of the tribe. I am happy for them that at last they restored their good relationship.)

Source: Civil-Military Operation Office, 8th Infantry Battalion, Joint Task Force Diamond, PA

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