Warring Kalinga tribes agree on ceasefire

By Artemio Dumlao


The Tongrayan and Tulgao earlier agreed to declare Tabuk City a "peace zone". Tabuk City Hall
BENGUET, Philippines — Kalinga tribes Tongrayan and Tulgao, both of Tinglayan town, have agreed to a truce and have forged a ceasefire over a boundary dispute that had been at risk of becoming a tribal war.
Elders of the Tongrayan and Tulgao tribes acceded to government laws and regulations on their boundary dispute that has left two injured and has caused anxiety among the involved tribes for the past week.
Acting Kalinga Gov. James Edubba said the provincial peace and order council has convinced the elders to agree on the ceasefire and to settle differences legally.
“We have to all laws, rules and regulations to take their course now that the 'bodong' (peace pact) between the tribes failed. Maybe there were conditions which we failed 'to read', Edubba explained.
Police and soldiers were deployed to the disputed area to closely monitor the activities of the Tongrayan and Tulgao to keep the peace.
Edduba claimed Tulgao tribesmen already made a peace offering but it was not yet returned by the Tongrayan tribesmen.
One of those injured in the hostilities is still undergoing close medical attention at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center.
Earlier, a “matagoan zone” (zone of peace) was established in Tabuk City, nearby Rizal town, and in Kalinga and Isabela and Cagayan provinces.
The Cordillera Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) and the Regional Development Council (RDC) have also reminded all tribes across the region to recognize the declaration of Baguio City and Benguet as “peace zones” and to spare these areas from the hostilities.
The RPOC and RDC have also decided to support the settlement of disputes via cultural and traditional means like the “bodong”. The police and the military will have to take over in case of violence.

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