Aid workers of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) distributed on Tuesday relief goods to some 600 families displaced by armed hostilities in South Upi, Maguindanao.
Lawyer Naguib Sinarimbo, Interior and Local Government Minister in the BARMM, quickly dispatched a team of relief workers to South Upi and turned over to Mayor Reynalbert Insular the bags of relief goods for the affected families.
“The bulk of affected families belong to the Teduray indigenous community that had been repeatedly harassed by armed groups over land issues,” Insular said.
The relief goods that included rice and canned goods were distributed by personnel of Rapid Emergency Action on Disaster Incidence (READI), the emergency and disaster response unit of BARMM.
Sinarimbo, who also head of READI, said BARMM Chief Minister Ahod “Murad” Ebrahim has already ordered the immediate resolution of the problems hounding the residents of Barangays Itaw and adjoining Pandan, both in South Upi.
“The BARMM is acting on the problem with the help of elders from the area,” Sinarimbo, who is also designated as BARMM spokesperson, said.
On Sunday, a hitchhiker was killed while three others, one of them a relief worker of the South Upi local government unit, were wounded in the ambush of Insular’s convoy of vehicles.
The mayor’s convoy was heading to the town center from a relief operation when ambushed by suspected members of the lawless Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters
Source: Philippines News agency