Malacañang: Hataman best man for ARMM

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Hataman made a commitment not to run in the 2013 ARMM elections, said the Palace.

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang said President Benigno Aquino III chose former Anak Mindanao party-list Rep. Mujiv Hataman as caretaker governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao because he can advance reforms in the region. 

“He is a former congressman and he knows the politics and the peoples in ARMM,” presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a press briefing on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011.

Hataman took his oath as ARMM officer-in-charge governor before Aquino in Malacañang.

Lacierda said Aquino picked Hataman based on the recommendations of a selection committee headed by Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo.

Lacierda also said Hataman’s marching order from the president is to ensure reforms are implemented. The Aquino administration pushed for the postponement of the ARMM polls set in August 2011 to synchronize it with the May 2013 national mid-term elections.

The Palace said the postponement is needed “to make sure that all the excesses of the past, all the corruption be eradicated.”

Lacierda added that Malacañang wants an ARMM “as envisioned by the frameworks of the Constitution, by the solons who drafted the Organic Act, would really push to advance the welfare of the people from ARMM.”

Malacañang expects Hataman not to run in the 2013 ARMM elections. “That is a commitment that we have asked the OIC governor to do so and he will honor that commitment,” Lacierda said. –

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