Latest Stories

3-cornered fight for ARMM governor seen

COTABATO CITY—The gubernatorial race in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is officially a three-cornered fight.

On Friday, after the community prayer, acting Gov. Mujiv Hataman filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) in the regional office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) here.

The two other contenders are former Sultan Kudarat governor and representative Pakung Mangudadatu and Moro leader Nur Misuari. Sulu Gov. Abdusakur Tan said he decided not to run in the ARMM gubernatorial race after all.

Hataman said he decided to run after  weighing the effects of “word of honor” transgressed.

When he was appointed ARMM officer in charge, Hataman declared he had no intention of seeking election in 2013. “But the President and the people were persistent that I run for governor to continue the reforms that all of us have started,” he declared.

Hataman said even after getting endorsements, he still had second thoughts about running because he did not know how to tell his family. “The hard part was convincing my wife and children whom I promised to fully attend to after my term as appointed ARMM officer in charge shall have ended in June 2013,” Hataman said.

Mangudadatu, 66, filed his COC on Wednesday.

Hataman said he has  high respects for Mangudadatu, an erstwhile colleague at the House of Representatives.

“In fact, I’m willing to  talk to him one of these days and, perhaps, share our visions and good political platforms that our constituents would benefit whoever wins,” he said.

Not to be outdone is Misuari, who on Thursday filed his COC for the ARMM gubernatorial race.

Misuari, 70, who was the ARMM governor from 1996-2002, filed his COC as an independent candidate at the satellite office of the Comelec-ARMM in Zamboanga City about 4 p.m. with his running mate, Arabic teacher Abdulaziz Mangandaki Amenoden, 44, of Lanao del Sur.

Misuari and Amenoden were the first candidates to file their COCs at the said office, according to Marybeth Sy, Comelec-ARMM satellite office administrator.

Misuari, born Nurallaji Misuari in Jolo, Sulu, in 1942, chairs a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), which fought the Marcos regime.

In 1996, the MNLF signed a peace agreement with the government and Misuari became ARMM governor.

While in his last years as ARMM governor, Misuari led another MNLF uprising that led to the deaths of dozens of people here and in Sulu.

In 2007, he was finally arrested by Malaysian authorities at the behest of Malacañang and was charged with terrorism upon his return to the country.

He was put under house arrest by the Arroyo administration but was later released from jail after posting P100,000 in bail.

During his term as governor, Misuari was criticized for reported anomalies in various ARMM offices, including the Department of Public Works and Highways.

He told the Inquirer that these were dead issues. “It was a product of their conspiracy (involving different countries),” he said.

Asked what prompted him to run anew, Misuari said he was following the “dictates of the situation today,” citing worsening poverty, peace and order, health, education problems and the lack of economic opportunities for the Moro people.

He said he was still fit to govern despite his age. “I am physically and mentally strong. I am as young as ever. I am athletic; I am used to self-defense, long-distance swimming, running and climbing,” the former university professor said. Charlie Señase and Julie Alipala, Inquirer Mindanao

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: 2013 elections , Gov. Mujiv Hataman , News , Politics , Regions

  • johndcross1

    Do not vote for Misuari.  He is a symbol of corruption, mismanagement, killings and other acts contrary to his stated promises.  Look at the autonomous region, it has not progress so much.  The same problems as before the autonomous region was created.  Muslims when left to their own devises & without strict accountability requirements is doom to failure. 

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
  1. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  2. Save the queen? Aide takes fall for Enrile, Gigi Reyes
  3. Palace prepared to charge its allies
  4. Senator’s kickback from pork bigger than those of Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – Lacson
  5. Napoles turnaround alarms whistle-blowers
  6. What Went Before: Malacañang allies alleged involvement in pork scam
  7. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  8. Timeline: Napoles tell-all
  9. HK apology: Why Estrada and not Aquino?
  10. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  3. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  4. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  5. Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
  6. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  7. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  8. Suspect in Vhong Navarro’s mauling wants to turn state witness – De Lima
  9. Reckless driver endangered lives of Aquino, entourage–report
  10. Lawyer: Napoles ‘will tell all’
  1. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  2. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  3. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  8. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  9. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  10. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano


  • Obama: US will defend Japan vs China
  • Santiago accuses Lacson of fronting for Enrile, Gigi Reyes
  • Name names, Lacson told
  • Ukraine FM: We are ready to fight Russia
  • Slain officer’s ‘diagram’ rocks PNP
  • Sports

  • Sharapova advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals
  • Galedo caps ride of redemption
  • Beermen, Express dispute second semis slot today
  • Lady Agilas upset Lady Bulldogs in four sets
  • NLEX roars to 7th D-League win
  • Lifestyle

  • First at Vatican in 60 years
  • How Jing Monis Salon gave Krissy the pixie
  • Want to be a supermodel? Work on your inner beauty, says Joey Espino
  • Denims that keep you cool–literally
  • 10 essential summer skin savers
  • Entertainment

  • Kristoffer Martin: from thug to gay teen
  • Has Ai Ai fallen deeply with ‘sireno?’
  • California court won’t review Jackson doctor case
  • Cris Villonco on play adapted from different medium
  • OMB exec’s assurance: We work 24/7
  • Business

  • Bangko Sentral readies new bank lending rules
  • Gaming stocks gain, PSEi eases on profit-taking
  • Cebu Pacific flew 3.74M passengers as of March
  • Corporate bonds sweeteners
  • Professionals in the family business
  • Technology

  • Vatican announces hashtag for April 27 canonizations
  • Enrile in Masters of the Universe, Lord of the Rings?
  • Top Traits of Digital Marketers
  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Opinion

  • Editorial Cartoon, April 25, 2014
  • No deal, Janet
  • Like making Al Capone a witness vs his gang
  • MERS-CoV and mothers
  • A graduation story
  • Global Nation

  • Afghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors
  • Career diplomat is new PH consul general in Los Angeles
  • US4GG: Aquino should ask Obama for TPS approval, drone technology
  • Complex health care system for California’s elderly and poor explained
  • Tiff with HK over Luneta hostage fiasco finally over
  • Marketplace