Lugus, Sulu sisters tandem dismiss withdraw rumors PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 April 2016 11:42

Lugus ,SULU — PDP-Laban mayoralty and vice-mayoralty bets here dismissed rumors circulating that they are quitting the race even as  they revealed that more supporters are now rallying behind their candidacy,

Sisters Hadja Amra Sali Macalangcom and Hadja Dzubaida Sali Abdul, who are running for the two top executive posts in Sulu’s 2nd district island town of Lugus, said the rumors are black propaganda aimed at deceiving the electorate.

“People are clamoring for us to continue the race so there is no reason that we heed the call to compromise. What our focus is to muster the help and support of all our constituents who have appealed for reforms and good governance, that’s why we continue our crusade with them for betterment of our children’s future, the Sali sisters said in a statement.

At the same time, they revealed that there are some quarters believed coming from other camps, who are trying to negotiate for them to withdraw the race in exchange for some offers, which they outrightly rejected.

“We are not quitting, the sisters emphasized. We will fight to the last for the right and freedom of our people to exercise their liberty to choose their leaders to bring development and peace to our beloved town of Lugus, long denied of progress and prosperity,” the Sali sisters added.

“Way kasabunnallan in kami mag withdraw. Tuy na in pagdagan ini para ha kasambuhan iban kasanyangan sin hulah Lugus. Way sabab in kami mag withdraw. (There is no truth to the rumors that we are withdrawing the race. The race will continue for peace and progress of our dear Lugus as there is no reason for us to quit)

Considered as “unifiers” of their people, the sisters vowed to institute the needed reforms under the core principles and policies of the PDP-Laban platform of government. The Sali are born leaders in their own right as pure blood of public servants runs in their veins.

A midwife- nurse by profession, mayoralty bet Macalangcom believes in the need for change for the betterment of her impoverish and poor, marginalized people.” That’s why am running because I have to listen to the sentiments of our constituents,” Macalangcom stressed. She is married to Engr. Yusuf Khandie Macalangcom, a businessman who hails from Lanao province.

Vice-Mayor bet Hadja Dzubaida, presently engaged in conventional family business, is a medical technologist, who had briefly worked abroad in Hamad Medical Corp. Qatar after being connected with the DOH, has also decided to thrown her candidacy for the same objective. Haj. Dzubaida married to Haji Cid Sangkula Abdul, grandson of Maas Jana Sangkula, of the Sangkula clan of Parang Sulu, who used to be Chief Medical technologist at the Integrated Provincial Health office in Sulu.

The tandem, whose forebears were respected public servants, successful businessmen and religious leaders and pioneering educators since the early 60’s, vowed to uplift the living conditions of people and institute peace through unity and Islamic morality.

Like their father, the well known “Mastal Dakulah” the late Abdultalib Sali, public school teacher and their late mother the Hadja Fatima Irilis Sali (wealthy entrepreneur), the duo vowed to continue her advocacy and legacy of her parents.

Their maternal great grandfather was the respectable Panglima Rugasan or better known as “El Presidente”, who served for 45 years as leader of the island dating back to the pre-Philippine Republic, whose son Irilis became the mayor of the place for over 30 years as mayor. Mayor Irilis (Amna’s maternal grandfather) had also served public-spiritedly the constituents, when Ta-pul and Lugus Islands were one municipality at that time.  Another son Hadji Alawi also became a mayor and served until the separation of the twin islands into separate municipalities under the Marcos regime by way of legislation. While another maternal uncle Hadji Butlangan was also elected vice-mayor.

Proud for his integrity their paternal grandfather the late Hadji Sali, who was a wealthy businessman (Asiendero and entrepreneur) while at the same time, considered among the first educators recognized in the province whose father is the first cousin of Western Mindanao Grand Mufti Ustadz Abdulbaki Abukakar.

Both believe that under the strong and decisive leadership of Duterte a new beginning will usher in not only for Lugus and Sulu, but for the entire ARMM and the country which is in dire need for change. Uplift living condition of people by addressing puberty thru livelihood and entrepreneurship, they emphasized,

As business leaders, they have pioneered in the establishments of small –medium stall-owners associations in various malls in Metro Manila, Zamboanga and Jolo and taking the lead in construction and renovations of mosques in Muslim communities in many parts of the country as part of their sincere commitment to serve.

As successful entrepreneurs turned public servants they emphasized that among their top priorities once elected, would be improvement of water supply, power generation, livelihood projects, social services, education and skills development, agriculture, fisheries, infrastructure, human rights, environmental protection, good governance, peace and security and rule of law.

Recently, thousand of Lugus townfolks were elated after receiving medical help who for long in dire need of medical assistance long denied them have seen hope. Lugus town, a third class municipality.

Lugus has 17 barangays, Lugus Proper, Bas Lugus, Bas Nunuk, Huwit-Huwit, Tingcangan, Laha, Mangkallay, Kayawan, Alu Bus-Bus, Alu Duyung, Pait, Laap, Kutah Parang, Gapas Rugasan, Gapas, Mantan Tubig Tuwak and Sibul with population of over 30-thousand who are remained poor.

“We are committed to do our best to help in our little but special way to help uplift the living conditions of our people in Lugus, Inshaallah” The fight for development continue as they urged the voters to rally behind their candidacy. “Let us unite to make this dream a reality,” Sali sisters stressed