BASULTA leaders to Pnoy: Don’t step down PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 March 2015 14:09

Political leaders of Sulu, Basilan and Tawi-Tawi on Sunday urged President NoyNoy Aquino not to step down and instead finish his term as they proclaimed their full support to the embattled Chief Executive.

Speaking in a news conference in Zamboanga City, the Basulta leaders — Sulu Vice Gov. Sakur Tan representing his son Gov. Toto Tan,  Basilan Gov. Jum Akbar, former Tawi-Tawi Gov. Sadikul Sahali representing his son Gov. Nurbert  Sahali and Tawi-Tawi Rep. Ruby Sahali — all declared their unwavering support to President Aquino, who is currently facing the most serious political crisis in his four years in office following the Mamasano incident where 44 police commandos where killed.

The Basulta leaders echoed what they described as Aquino’s unprecedented solid support to the three provinces in southern Philippines.

“There is no time in recent history of our province that we have received huge amount —billions — of projects like roads, bridges, ports and livelihood under President Aquino,” Vice Gov. Tan stressed.

Akbar and former Gov. Sahali likewise testified that it was under the Aquino administration that their provinces got so much support compared to other presidents.

“Don’t step down, continue you office,” Tan urged the president.

The four leaders explained that if there are many Filipinos wanting Aquino to resign, there are likewise many others who support the president.

Tan, Akbar and the Sahalis also emphasized their support to peace and abhorrence to war as they criticized individuals and groups calling for “all—out war”.

Recalling the Jolo attack in 1974, Vice Gov. Tan said:”We have seen the miseries and horrors that war brings. All of us want peace in which the people can go on with their livelihood and the children continue their education.”

“We all desire peace... and environment where we can sleep soundly and wake up with hope,” said Rep. Sahali.

They also declared their support to the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) except for some provisions deemed as unconstitional.

Among the provisions they opposed are those on the civil service, the Commision on Audit and human rights.