Duterte to visit Maguindanao on July 22 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 July 2016 13:50

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will visit Buluan town in Maguindanao on Friday, July 22, for a dialogue with local officials, Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu said Monday.

Mangudadatu, who was reelected to a third term last May 9, said the chiefs of the different divisions in his office in Buluan, the new capital of Maguindanao, are now planning a reception program for Duterte’s first ever presidential sortie in the province.

Duterte won overwhelmingly in Maguindanao, which has 36 towns, during the May 9 presidential race, defeating all his rivals with an irreversible vote lead.

Mangudadatu said among the president’s planned activities while in Buluan is the symbolic launching of a 4.5 megawatt “bio-mass” renewable energy plant in the municipality.

“The president would like to see the facility and observe how it shall operate using non-petroleum fuel,” Mangudadatu said.

The power plant was established by the Mangudadatu clan for Buluan to have enough electricity for all government provincial offices that are to relocate in a new provincial capitol building now being built in the center of the municipality.

The power plant was repeatedly tested last week, operated using biodegradable fuels collected from nearby oil palm and coconut plantations.

Mangudadatu said Duterte and local officials might also possibly talk about vital issues regarding the Southern Mindanao peace process and Malacañang’s anti-narcotics campaign.

“We in Maguindanao support that campaign,” Mangudadatu said.

The Mangudadatus are long-time friends of Duterte, a friendship that started between him and clan patriarch Datu Powa while he was yet a neophyte mayor in Davao City in the late 1980s.

“We shall give President Duterte a simple welcome, a simple but a warm welcome rite, one that befits a Mindanaon president who has always been simple in his lifestyle and on how he conducts himself in important official events,” Mangudadatu said.

Duterte last came to Mindanao during the campaign period that preceded the May 9 synchronized local and national elections.

Mangudadatu’s younger brother, Datu Ibrahim, former mayor of Buluan, was Duterte’s campaign manager in the province when he aspired for the presidency.

“His visit shall be a big honor for the Muslim, Christian and Lumad people in Maguindanao,” said another younger sibling of Mangudadatu, Datu Khadafeh, a member of the 24-seat Regional Assembly in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.