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PIA Press Release
2008/11/19

De Leon commends 35-IB troops for foiling a "rido" in Lanao Norte

ICC Iligan City (19 November) -- Col. Benito De Leon, Commander of the 4th Infantry Brigade, First Infantry Division (1ID), Philippine Army, has commended his troops for foiling a "rido" (armed settlement of family feuds) in Sitio Bayabao, Salvador, Lanao del Norte.

De Leon, particularly, commended the troops belonging to the 35th Infantry Battalion who sent an Army patrol in search of the lawless MILF groups (LMG) responsible for the havoc in the province.

The said Army patrol was dispatched to check the presence of armed elements in area last Nov. 18 when by 1:30 p.m., the same day, they got engaged in a skirmish with a group of about 20 armed elements believed to be preparing to launch a reprisal attack in the said town.

"While no casualties were accounted in the firefight, the encounter resulted in the capture of eight (8) individuals suspected to be associated with the MILF and the recovery of a shotgun, caliber 30 ammunitions, handheld radios, military packs and uniforms," De Leon said.

Initial investigations showed the group is linked to a prominent MILF leader who intended to do a "rido" to exact revenge with another prominent political personality in the area, the 104Bde Commander disclosed.

The Lanao provinces had always been known for the practice. Just last week, a series of such incidents occurred in the nearby town of Magsaysay, which has prompted the Army to deploy forces to deter the recurrence of violence in the area.

Meanwhile, dialogues with the populace were also undertaken by the military and the local government executives in an attempt to stop such practice of vengeance, De Leon added.

During his visit over the weekend, Sec. Gilberto Teodoro of the Department of National Defense (DND) also issued instructions to the military to similarly treat as criminals those who undertake the practice of rido.

"The courts are the only acceptable and lawful institutions for the settlement of disputes to ensure peace and order in a civilized society," Teodoro reminds the public. (104Bde/1ID, PA) [top]

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