Launching of “Maratabat” Unveils a Novel Approach to Rido and Revenge Justice

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By Nasrimah R. Sampaco-Fayez

Comm. Nasser A. Marohomsalic speaks about the genesis and writing of “Maratabat.”

The launch of “Maratabat: A Novel on Rido and Revenge Justice,” unfolded this morning, June 10, 2024, at the MSU-Meranaw Cultural Heritage Center (MCHC), MSU-Main Campus in Marawi City. Unveiling a nuanced perspective on Meranaw culture, this novel by Commissioner Nasser A. Marohomsalic centers on the concept of “rido,” a deeply entrenched system of clan feuds, and its pervasive influence on Meranaw society. The book aims to reach a wider audience, particularly the younger generation, cautioning them against this complex web of violence. The launch event itself mirrored the book’s intentions, fostering dialogue and understanding between community leaders, academicians, and cultural figures, especially regarding the subject’s multifaceted complexity.

In the photo (From Left to Right): Amnesty Comm. Nasser A. Marohomsalic and MSU System President Atty. Basari D. Mapupuno

MSU System President Atty. Basari D. Mapupuno’s warm welcome set the stage for a thought-provoking program. He praised the author for breaking new ground in exploring this elusive subject through a novel. Atty. Rashid V. Pandi, Director of the Presidential Management Staff, introduced Commissioner Marohomsalic, who then offered insights into the novel’s creation and its potential significance for ongoing peace building initiatives. Inspired by his experience as a lawyer, Commissioner on Human Rights, and now on Amnesty, Commissioner Marohomsalic felt compelled to write about his people, choosing a subject close to his heart, though undeniably sensitive.

Dr. Johara Alangca-Aziz, Special Assistant to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, enriched the event with a reader’s perspective on the book’s narrative and themes. Dr. Rebekah M. Alawi, consultant to the Office of the President and an accomplished literature professor, provided a deeper analysis, dissecting the novel’s structure and contribution to Philippine literature.

Raising a glass, MSU System President Mapupuno lead the ceremonial toast.

Following a ceremonial toast, the event culminated in a moving dedication marked by a song of praise. MCHC and Office of Information, Press and Publication (OIPP) Director, Dr. Sorhaila L. Latip-Yusoph delivered closing remarks, emphasizing the importance of such works in promoting cultural understanding. The venue buzzed with attendees eager to discuss the book and have their complimentary copies signed by the author, marking a successful launch that promises to spark insightful conversations about Meranaw traditions and the path towards lasting peace. This book is also a valuable addition to the Philippines’ developing literary landscape.

From left to right: PMS Director Atty. Rashid V. Pandi, OVCAA Special Assistant Dr. Johara Alangca-Azis, and OP Consultant Dr. Rebekah M. Alawi

MCHC and OIPP Director, Dr. Sorhaila L. Latip-Yusoph gives her closing remarks.

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