Erstwhile Marawi Mayor Solitario Ali returning PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 March 2016 11:36

A Maranaw leader, who had stood as a revolutionary for decades, is upbeat in his candidacy for mayor of Marawi City, bouncing back with zeal and vigor to serve residents there again.

The “returning” Solitario Ali had served as chief executive of Marawi City for three consecutive terms after the signing of the final peace accord between the government and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).

The brother of Ali, Fahad “Pre” Salic, now outgoing mayor of Marawi City with the completion on June 30, 2016 of his third and last term, is candidate for governor of Lanao del Sur.

Supporters of Ali are confident he will defeat his closest rival — Marawi City mayoral candidate Majul Gandamra, former member of the Regional Legislative in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao — with a big vote margin during the May 9 elections.

Besides Ali, another top MNLF leader, Muslimin Sema, is also aspiring for the mayoral seat of Cotabato City, where he was mayor from 2001 to 2010.

Sema is chairman of one of three groups in the MNLF. Ali, on the other hand, leads an influential bloc of MNLF members in Lanao del Sur and Marawi City, both in ARMM, and in nearby provinces in Administrative Region 10.

Sema and his long-time comrade, Ali, started campaigning on Saturday.

The duo reportedly made part of their separate campaign pitches their renewal of commitments to the Southern Mindanao peace process and to a continuing advocacy for interfaith and cultural solidarity among their constituents.

Sema and Ali were recipients of many awards and citations on governance, on public administration and for their involvement in peace advocacy programs while they were still city mayors of Cotabato and Marawi, respectively.

Ali had undergone masteral study on development management at the Asian Institute of Management. He authored Marawi City’s 10-year solid waste management plan while he was its city mayor.

Sema has had extensive exposure on peace and governance studies in the late 1990s, sponsored by different foreign donors helping push the Mindanao peace process forward, among them the Canadian International Development Agency, benefactor of the ten-year Local Government Support Program in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Sema said he and Ali have focused on continuing “peace activism” after the signing of the government-MNLF peace agreement in 1996.

“Part of our peace activism is participation in governance, a kind of governance that is good for people in the communities we want to serve without discrimination,” Sema said.


Last Updated on Monday, 28 March 2016 11:41