ARMM leaders remain loyal to Constitution — Hataman PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 18 August 2013 13:49

Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) on Saturday said all the elected officials of the region remain loyal to the Constitution and never recognize the declaration of independence by Moro rebel leader Nur Misuari.

Speaking to reporters, Hataman said elected officials from barangay leaders to provincial governors also remain supportive of the national government’s peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

The ARMM is composed of the provinces of Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur, which are both in Central Mindanao, the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, and the cities of Lamitan and Marawi.

Hataman announced that the 116 city and municipal mayors and five provincial governors are behind President Benigno S. Aquino III’s effort to complete the tripartite review of the 1996 government-MNLF final peace accord which aims to determine unimplemented provisions of the accord.

At the same time, the ARMM leadership is also looking forward to the completion of the GPH-MILF peace talks.

“We are all looking forward to the successful culmination of the GPH-MILF peace talks,” Hataman said.

The tripartite review was primarily aimed at resolving all misunderstandings on the implementation of the 1996 peace accord signed by Misuari and then President Fidel Ramos with the active participation of the pan-Islamic body - the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC).

“ARMM political leaders also adhere to their sworn duty to protect the Constitution at all cost, at all times and to do their best to preserve and protect national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Hataman said.

Early this week, Misuari was reported to have declared the independence of Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan with Davao City as its seat of power.

Former Cotabato City Mayor Muslimin Sema, chair of the bigger faction of the MNLF, refused to comment on Misuari’s act, stressing the MNLF under his leadership still adhere to the provisions of the 1996 peace accord.

Although Sema, in previous interviews, admitted there are provisions that are yet to be implemented by the national government, the MNLF had not turned its back on the Final Peace Agreement.