Warring Manobo families settle feud in Surigao Sur town

The clan leaders involved in the feud signed the Tampuda (agreement) and pledged to end the clan’s animosity during the formal rites to signify their settlement in San Miguel, Surigao del Sur. PHOTO/36IB

A decades-old feud involving two Manobo families in San Miguel town, Surigao del Sur, ended last week in a settlement witnessed by local government and military officials.

Leaders and members of the Maca and Acebedo clans–agreed to mend their differences through the joint intercession of San Miguel mayor Hazel Elizalde and Lt. Col. Jezreel Diagmel, the new commander of the Army’s 36th Infantry Battalion.

Diagmel lauded the effort of town officials, village elders, and traditional leaders in negotiating that the families end their feud, which reportedly stemmed from rivalries and squabbles for control of lands within ancestral domains.

During the formal rites to signify their settlement, the clan leaders involved in the feud–the Maca headed by Datu Rico Maca on one side and the Acebedo delegation by Datu Subang on the other, signed the Tampuda (agreement) and pledged to end the clan’s animosity that has stifled the development in their communities.

Because of the dispute’s settlement, the warring clans ended long years of animosity and revenge attacks, which not only affected the families but spilled over to the villages, Diagmel said.

“Let us join hands with one another to bring solution to our misunderstanding. We should resolve our problems to achieve peace that we are longing for as one community and for the next generations,” he said.

One of the Army’s thrust in the province, Diagmel said is provide the atmosphere for family feuds to be settled via the traditional way to foster peace and order in tribal areas, emphasizing the bigger role of local governments. By CLC

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