Palace says ARMM folk want Hataman to continue his reforms in the region

October 9, 2012 10:02 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 9 — The people in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) want the continuation of reforms in the region, compelling the current officer-in- charge Gov. Mujiv Hataman to run for the forthcoming election, Malacanang said on Tuesday.

There are questions being raised after Hataman joined the gubernatorial race in the ARMM, especially after President Benigno S. Aquino III said the ARMM OIC governor should just serve as a transition leader.

But in explaining the Palace side, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a press conference that the people have seen the reforms carried out in the ARMM under the leadership of Hataman.

“The President talks about it all the time. Nakikita natin diyan nahanap ‘yung mga ghost teacher, ‘yung mga ghost school, ‘yung mga ghost building,” Valte said, adding that "from what we understand, there’s also a clamor from the people in that area to have the present representation continue its work.”

Last week, the Palace threw its support to Hataman after he filed his certificate of candidacy seeking a fresh mandate as ARMM governor.

In a message released by Secretary Ramon Carandang of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) on Friday, he said Hataman has been effective in pushing the Aquino administration’s reform and anti-corruption agenda.

Aside from cleaning up the bureaucracy that has saved the government millions of pesos, Hataman also promotes transparency and good governance in the ARMM, Carandang said.

Hataman’s running mate is Haroun Alrashid Lucman, and both are official candidates of the Liberal Party.

Also aspiring to become ARMM governor are Moro National Liberation Front leader Nur Misuari and former Sultan Kudarat Gov. Pax Mangudadatu.

Hataman was appointed by President Aquino as officer-in- charge of the ARMM in December 2011. Since his appointment, he succeeded in fixing serious administrative and fiscal woes that plagued line agencies in the ARMM as a result of mismanagement and absenteeism among his predecessors.

Hataman, an ethnic Yakan, started his political career as representative of the Anak Mindanao Party List. (PNA)

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