Through the efforts of the troops of the 18th Infantry Battalion led by Lieutenant Colonel Ivan San Jose and the local government of Albarka, the 21 years of conflict/rido between the residents of two (2) barangays of Kaulongan Island, namely, Look Visaya and Sangkahan; and three (3) coastal barangays, namely, Kujon Lennuh, Cambug, and Bucalao all in Albarka, Basilan has finally come to an end through a settlement held at the 18IB Headquarters in Barangay Bohe Pahu, Ungkaya Pukan, Basilan at 10:30 am today (February 19).
Said momentous event was witnessed by Colonel Fernando M. Reyeg, the commander of Joint Task Force Basilan.
In his message, Colonel Reyeg expressed his sincere gratitude and appreciation especially to those who were primarily involved in the conflict for allowing at their own freewill for peace to finally reign in their community.
He also thanked the leadership of 18IB, the local government of Albarka, and the members of the Basilan Ulama Supreme Counsil (BUSC) for making the said event possible.
The long standing conflict/rido in these barangays had severely crippled the economy, education, and the normal delivery of basic government services in the area.
“The rido settlement is tantamount to peace and development in the Municipality of Albarka,” said Lieutenant General Arnel B. Dela Vega, commander of the Western Mindanao Command.
“Rest assured that the Western Mindanao Command through the Joint Task Force Basilan will continue to fulfil its mission to secure and uphold peace and tranquility in the province of Basilan,” he added.