Tongkil mayoralty bet: ‘I’m not disqualified’ PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 22 April 2013 11:31

“I am still the administration party’s official candidate for mayor in Tongkil, Sulu in the May 13, 2013 elections.

”Thus declared Hadji Abdullajid Alih in assuring his supporters and constituents of his sustained and unhampered spirited campaign for the town’s top political elective post.

“I have not been disqualified and I am not withdrawing my candidacy. I am running with the fervent aspiration that I will be able to serve my fellow townsfolk if given the mandate soon,” he added.

Abdullajid Alih is the official mayoralty candidate for Tongkil (now Banguingui) of the administration’s ruling Liberal Party in Sulu headed by concurrent party provincial chair, Governor Abdusakur Tan. His clarification comes in the heels of reports and widespread rumors in Sulu that he was earlier disqualified to run by the Commission on Elections.

He said he has not received any official communication, notice or order of his alleged disqualification from the Comelec earlier and up to this publication just 21 days before the elections.

“If there was any order (from Comelec), I should have received it by now, but there was none,” he said. “I am a registered voter of Barangay Dungon, Tongkil which is my home place and the honorable Commission has not denied it, he emphasized.

“In fact I am just completing preparations for my trip to Tongkil to rally my supporters and the electorate behind my candidacy.”

In addition, Alih confidently cited that the Comelec has already finished printing the official ballots and his name is officially included in the candidates to be voted upon in Tongkil.

“I refer my detractors to the official list of candidates and the ballot templates for the Municipality of Tongkil at the Comelec website ( and find for themselves that my name is still included and has not been delisted, deleted or removed. It simply means that I am officially qualified and still the LP candidate for mayor in Tongkil,” he said.

And as campaign 2013 heads for the homestretch, Alih seeks the patience and understanding of his supporters and constituents and to stand by him in the crusade for a political change in Tongkil through the forthcoming elections.

Comelec data as of March 2, 2013 shows Tongkil with 9,960 registered voters spread among its 14 barangays.