Palace concedes to status quo in ARMM PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 September 2011 17:00

Malacañang conceded it cannot appoint officers-in-charge in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in light of the Supreme Court’s stay order on the law synchronizing the polls there with the national polls in 2013.

“Since naka-[temporary restraining order] po tayo and we cannot appoint the OICs right now, because we are barred to do so by that particular TRO, most logical thing is for the incumbent officials to stay put,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda told a press conference.
The ARMM polls did not push through on August 8 because of the passage of the law. In place of the officials whose terms are to expire on September 30, Malacanang is supposed to appoint OICs.

Lacierda stressed, however, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) would continue its information drive on the nominees for the OIC posts.

“But let me state that we are not barred from continuing the process of informing the public or informing the stakeholders of ARMM as to the possible OIC nominees. So patuloy pa rin ang information drive ng DILG,” Lacierda said.