ARMM governor carefully choosing cabinet officials

January 3, 2012 10:05 am 

COTABATO CITY, Jan. 2 – Acting Governor Mujib Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) said on Monday political patronage in the region would be a thing of the past.

Hataman is currently and carefully searching for appointees who will form part of his official family in running the affairs of the autonomous government.

"Cabinet members and bureau heads will be selected according to their capability, qualifications, track record and dedication to public service, among others," Hataman said, adding that he will not entertain "interference" from politicians like governors, congressmen and "kingmakers."

He assured the public that religious and tribal affiliations are not the lone criteria in choosing cabinet officials who will help him institute reforms in the "graft-ridden and violence prone" regional government.

ARMM is composed of the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi and Hataman's home province of Basilan.

He said cabinet officials will also be chosen based on their "conviction and courage" to help him enforce the necessary reforms President Benigno S. Aquino III had envisioned for the ARMM.

Lawyer Anwar Malang, ARMM executive secretary, said the number of aspirants for cabinet portfolio is increasing by the day but Hataman has the final say.

"He will officially announce it anytime this week," Malang said. (PNA) scs/NYP/EOF

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