Davao fire victims gets help from Maguindanao gov’s clan PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 April 2014 11:26

Hundreds of Moro and Christian families displaced by a conflagration that hit a predominantly Muslim residential enclave in Davao City on April 4 received relief provisions last Wednesday from the Mangudadatu clan of Maguindanao, Daily Zamboanga Times learned yesterday.

Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu has emphasized, however, that the outreach mission was just an exercise of Bangsamoro piety and hospitality, bereft of any political undertone.

“It was also meant to strengthen community ties among Maguindanao’s `tri-people’ and the communities outside the province — in support of the Mindanao peace process,” he said.

The term tri-people  refers to the mixed Moro, Christian and non-Islamic hinterland communities thriving in the proposed Bangsamoro core territory.

A big number of the evacuees rendered homeless by the six-hour fire that razed houses in the Isla Verde area in Barangay 23-C in Davao City early this month are ethnic Maranaw Muslims.

Mangudadatu said their outreach mission, facilitated with the help of private groups in Davao City, was coordinated with the office of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

He said the Maguindanao provincial government is grateful of Duterte’s cordial relations with Muslim sectors in Davao City, now touted as the country’s most peaceful city.

Mangudadatu said they are now initiating coordination with the Davao City local government for the possible deployment in the fire-stricken barangay of Maguindanao’s mobile hospital to treat fire victims afflicted with common ailments.

The relief supplies Mangudadatu and members of his family distributed to the fire victims were comprised of rice, canned goods, and frozen Tilapias harvested from the Buluan Lake.

Mangudadatu said Davao City’s appointed mayor for Maranaws, Randy Usman, helped organize the relief mission for the fire victims.