ARMM reelectionist top execs Hataman, Lucman proclaimed PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 15 May 2016 14:40

The poll body on Saturday proclaimed as reelected Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindano (ARMM) and his regional deputy, Vice Gov. Haroun Al-Rashid Lucman.

The two reelectionist ARMM officials were proclaimed at the session hall in Cotabato City of the Regional Legislative Assembly by lawyer Michael Abas, director for the autonomous region of the Commission on Elections, Regional State Prosecutor Ramy Lawi Guling and John Magno, regional education secretary.

Hataman garnered a total of 875, 200 votes, as against the 341,250 votes counted in favor of his lone challenger, Sulu Vice Gov. Sakur Tan, who only got 341, 250 votes.

The running mates Hataman and Lucman both won overwhelmingly in the ARMM’s island provinces of Basilan and Tawi-Tawi and in Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur, which are both in mainland Mindanao.

Tan defeated Hataman in Sulu, but his vote-lead reflected on election returns from across the province, which only has more than 100,000 registered voters, could not offset his measly ratings in other ARMM provinces.

Lucman garnered a total of 716,555 votes while his rivals, Agakhan Sharief of Lanao del Sur and Haron Bandila, who is an ethnic Maguindanaon, trailed far behind with less than 100,000 votes each.

Hataman, a yakan from Basilan, and Lucman, who is of pure Maranaw descent, were official candidates of the Liberal Party for ARMM governor and vice governor, respectively.

Tan originally belonged to LP too, but became estranged with party mates in the autonomous region when he filed his candidacy for regional governor without any permission from their national directorate.

The ARMM, a constitutionally-mandated region, has an executive department exercising ministerial control over dozens of line agencies and support offices, and a separate 24-seat law-making body touted the “little Congress” of the south.