Hataman optimistic on his ARMM poll bid PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 April 2013 11:15

Because of the acceptable rating of President Aquino and his sterling performance as ARMM caretaker for 15 months, candidate for ARMM Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman expressed optimism that he and the entire slate of Team Pinoy-Liberal Party.will make it on the May 13 election.

“I am banking on my performance. The people in the ARMM can attest to that. With the help of President Noynoy, I was able to correct some bad practices in the government system that have been happening since ARMM was created,” Hataman said in a press conference yesterday morning.

Issues like ghost schools, ghost teachers, ghost infrastructure projects, and many other anomalous transactions of the previous ARMM administrations were the first thing that Hataman corrected prompting President Aquino to addressed him during his State of the Nation Address (SONA) as the “Ghost Buster” in ARMM.

He said that upon assuming the position as OIC, the President immediately issued a marching order for him to look into the problems that his predecessors failed to address especially in the delivery of basic social services and the proper disposition of funds intended for the development of the region.

“This is the reason why President Aquino wanted me to run so I can continue what I have started. To be an ARMM regional governor is no joke. It is in fact a big challenge and I am willing to take it for and in behalf of my Muslim brothers,” Hataman said.

Meanwhile, Hataman expressed confidence that BASULTA (Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi) leaders and the residents would go for him instead of his close rival Datu Pax Mangundadatu of Maguindanao.

In his 15 months as ARMM caretaker, Hataman said, he focused most of his attention to the BASULTA provinces which were left behind in terms of development by the previous administrations.

“Alam ko’ng di ako magtatagal sa posisyong ito. But I want to make it sure na iyong mga lugar na nakalimutan ng dating administrasyon ay sinisiguro ko’ng mabigyan na ng pansin,” Hataman said.

He continued: “Dati, kaunti lang ang nag rereport sa mga oficina. Ang daming guro sa payroll pero walang nagtuturo sa mga paaralan. Kung may paaralan man, wala namang mga guro. But these bad practices have already been corrected. I really want to leave a legacy before I step down from the office in the near future.” — Jimmy Villaflores