Hataman, Akbar to sign peace covenant today PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 14:59

The long time feud between the two prominent and powerful clans in Basilan— Hataman and Akbar— will come to an end today as the heads of the two families meet formally this morning for reconciliation in Basilan.

The reconciliation of the two clans will be highlighted with a signing of the peace covenant by the leader of the Akbar clan Gov. Jum Akbar and the heads of the Hataman family Autonomous Region and Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman and Basilan Congressman Jim Saliman Hataman at the Basilan State College.

Gov. Akbar will be accompanied by the other leaders of Akbar family, Isabela Mayor Cherry Akbar, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Assemblywoman Rajam Akbar and former Lantawan Mayor Tahira Ismael. The family members of the Hataman will also be present.

The reconciliation gathering of the two rival clans will be witnessed by Interior and Local Government Secretary Jessie Robredo and Presidential Adviser on Peace Process Teresita Deles along with top ranking police and military officials.

The newly appointed members of the ARMM Regional Legislative Assembly led by its Speaker Rasul Mitmug Jr.  and Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan will also stand witness to what many described as “ an example to the peace efforts of the administration of President Nonoy Aquino, ARMM regional government and the provincial government of Basilan. ”

Prior to the signing of the covenant, the Akbars and Hatamans will undergo a religious counseling in a ceremony from the religious leaders led by the grand Mufti of Western Mindanao Ustadz Abdulbaki Abubakar.     

The feud of the two clans started politically but aggravated after former governor and congressman Wahab Akbar was killed in a bomb attack at the Batasan Complex in Quezon city. The Akbar families pointed fingers to the Hataman and former congressman Gerry Salapuddin as having knowledge in the bombing.

The Hatamans and Salapuddin dismissed these accusations and said they have nothing to do with the incident. A case was filed against then Anak Mindanao Partylist Rep. Mujiv Hataman and Salapuddin, but the case against the former was dismissed. Salapuddin went into hiding after a warrant for his arrest was issued by the court.     

“It is about time to end this problem for the sake of Basilan,” Atty. Quirino Esquerra Jr. quoted Gov. Jum Akbar as having said of the reconciliation.
“This must be ended for the sake of ARMM,” Gov. Hataman said.

Hataman hopes that the reconciliation will pave the way for everybody to work together for the development and progress of Basilan and the entire ARMM.

Today’s significant peace initiative is aimed to restore peace and order through unity, reconciliation and sustain socio-economic stability in the province.
The Regional Legislative Assembly headed by Speaker Mitmug Jr. and members  are in full support of the signing of the peace covenant between the two families. They will  conduct  their first “out-of-town” executive meeting in Lamitan City that will be hosted by Mayor Roderick H.  Furigay.

Dr. Aboulkhair Tarason, president of the Basilan Ulama Supreme Council, expressed gratitude to all stakeholders for supporting the peace covenant and for making it happen .

Prior to the signing of the peace covenant today between the two families,  Gov. Hataman and Rep. Jim Hataman met with Gov. Akbar and
Assemblywoman Rajam Akbar in a local hotel. They discussed the reconciliation and unity of the two families.

Both the Hataman and Akbar families have called on the people to stay united and solid so that tranquility and development will now reign in the province. — Allen Abastillas