Customs man guns for Basilan vice gov as independent bet PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 October 2012 13:59

ISABELA, Basilan — An operation officer of the Bureau of Customs has thrown his hat into the political arena, after filing his  certificate of candidacy for provincial vice governor of Basilan on the start of the first day of filling of candidacy for the mid-term national, regional and local elections in Basilan.

Muamar Malun, 33, son of Sumisip Vice Mayor Haj.  Ibrahim Malun filed his COC with the Comelec in Basilan yesterday. He was accompanied by relatives and supporters led by former Sumisip Mayor Alonto Sahiron and other leaders of the province.

Malun, a native of Sumisip, Basilan, was assigned at the BoC Manila as Operations Officer ad once connected with the Office of the Muslim Affairs (now National Commission On Muslim Filipinos)

He said, although a neophyte, he has decided to run for vice governor of Basilan after consulting with members of his family and with some barangay officials of his town and several leaders and constituents of the 14 municipalities of Basilan.

He said his desire is to bring peace and development in Basilan, whose constituents have  long suffered from poverty and conflict.

“I even resigned from my position as operations officer, just to be able to be of help and assistance to out constituents. It’s a great sacrifice on my part, but that is what I need to do to be able to help realize our dreams and aspirations and for the future of our children,” Malun emphasized.

Incumbent Vice governor Alrashid Sakkalahul will end his term of office as the Number 2 highest official of Basilan which will be rendered vacant for occupancy. Sakkalahul might be running for the lone congressional seat, it was learned.

Some multi-sectoral groups has declared their support for Malun, he being a professional young leader and with innovative mind which is needed by the provincial Sangguniang Panlunsod as presiding chair, if elected.

Meanwhile, Malun met with some supporters who have pledged to support him in the campaign and on election day.

The suppoters expressed hope that with the need for a new breed of leader, Malun will likewise get the support of many leaders considering his being acceptable to them.— BFC