Rido eyed in Cotabato ambush of family, including 4-year old boy

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/27 Oct) — Police are eyeing rido as one of the possible motives in Monday afternoon’s ambush of five persons – three generations of the Ayunan-Pasawiran family — a mother, her son and daughter, her daughter’s four-year old son and a driver, along the national highway in Datu Odin Sinsuat. Another son and daughter were injured.

Sr. Inspector Lyndsy Sinsuat said among the angles they are looking at is rido or clan feud.

Killed were Bai Lilang Ayunan Pasawiran, 58, her son Datu Norhan, her daughter Bainor “Pink Rose” Pasawiran Edu, Bainor’s four-year old son Sheham Pasawiran Edu, and driver Kago Kasan.

Rushed to a hospital in Cotabato City were Bai Lilang’s son Datu Maroufh and daughter Norhana.

Sinsuat said it is likely that the victims on board a red Innova SUV were tailed by the assailants as they were returning to Cotabato City from General Santos City.

The red vehicle was cruising along the highway in Barangay Dulangan when fired upon at around 4:45 p.m., the police said.

Found at the scene of the crime were empty shells from M-16 armalite rifle and a caliber. 45 gun.

The NDBC News of the Notre Dame Broadcasting Corporation cited eyewitness accounts that a vehicle was tailing the red Innova along the highway in Barangay Dulangan. The suspects, it said, opened fire on the red vehicle and after the first volley of fire, “the Innova hit the roadside railings and was stopped by a large stone at the road side.”

The gunmen reportedly alighted from their vehicle and fired more shots on the victims, NDBC News said.

A relative of the Ayunan-Pasawirans said “this is a result of a rido” but declined to give details.

Rido, according to the book “Rido: Clan Feuding and Conflict Management in Mindanao,” published by The Asia Foundation and the USAID, “refers to a state of recurring hostilities between families and kinship groups characterized by a series of retaliatory acts of violence carried out to avenge a perceived affront or injustice.”

Prof. Abhoud Syed Lingga, Executive Director of the Institute of Bangsamoro Studies , author of the book’s chapter on “Dynamics and Management of Rido in the Province of Maguindanao,” said “conflict becomes rido when a family member of the offended party attempts or carries out violent retaliation.”

“In most cases, conflict becomes rido when it causes the death of a family member from either party. The retaliation and counter-retaliation results in a cycle of vengeance,” he wrote. (Ferdinandh B. Cabrera/ MindaNews with reports)