Groups push for ARMM poll as scheduled on August 8 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 March 2011 15:46

Various Muslim organizations led by the Alliance of Regional Coalitions Against People’s Poverty (ARCAPP) and its allied groups yesterday appealed to House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. to pull out House Bill No. 4146 and proceed with the August 8 elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

They also appealed to Malacanang’s hierarchy to heed President Benigno S. Aquino III’s inaugural motto: “Kayo ang boss ko” and to hear the voices of the Muslims with regards to HB 4146.
“We are most respectfully requesting the good Speaker to pull out H.B. No. 4146 and adhere to the scheduled elections on August 8, 2011,” ARCAPP said.

ARCAPP, through its national chairman, lawyer Bayan G. Balt, pointed to what he claimed are “constitutional and moral infirmities in the bill that seeks to synchronize the regional poll with the mid-term elections in 2013 and give President Benigno S. Aquino III the power to appoint officers-in-charge (OICs) to govern the ARMM.

R.A. No. 4146 is mainly authored by Maguindanao 1st district Bai Sandra Sema and supported in Congress by the President’s allies. Aquino wants to institute reforms in the regional government.
ARCAPP and its many coalition groups have joined the loud clamor to proceed with the political exercise, citing the ARMM Organic Act, or R.A. No 9054.

“ARMM was crafted as a mechanism for self-governance to answer the Bangsamoro people’s long decades of struggle. It was not handed (on a) silver platter, but after precious lives and properties (were) lost,” said ARCAPP in their Manifesto.

ARCAPP has sent the Manifesto to the President, Belmonte, and Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes.

“Autonomy of the inhabitants of ARMM must be upheld, including their rights to choose their leaders, not OICs to run their affairs.

Postponement will bring instability in the region and deny our people the right to self-determination while appointed OIC may be dependent with the appointing authority and thus weaken the mandate of ARMM,” the Manifesto, signed by various Moro leaders belonging to groups in the ARCAPP coalition.

If what the President wants is to reform the ARMM, then ARCAPP said this can be done with the elections proceeding.
ARCAPP said they believe in the Aquino administration’s desire to achieve peace in Mindanao, they stressed that this should not be a reason to compromise the right of suffrage of the Moros.
“On the contrary, ARMM elections process maybe on the verge of reforms. In the last May 2010 elections, it was unprecedented in 21 years, an opposition presidential candidate (Noynoy Aquino) won in ARMM, garnering 422,635 votes against his opponents in the five provinces,” said ARCAPP.
“Corollary, HB No. 4146 is suffering from constitutional and moral infirmities. Legal experts opined that the President’s limited power of supervision over autonomous government proscribe himto appoint officer-in-charge in ARMM,” ARCAPP said, citing the  Constitution, Article X, Section 16.
Elections in the ARMM are not to be synchronized with national elections because of R.A. No. 9054. For H.B. No. 4146 to be binding, ARCAPP said it must adhere to Article 7, Section 7 of the ARMM Organic Law, which calls for 2/3 vote for its amendments and putting this to a referendum. (Edd K. Usman) #
R.A. No. 4146 is mainly authored by Maguindanao 1st district Bai Sandra Sema and supported in Congress by the President’s allies. Aquino wants to institute reforms in the regional government.
ARCAPP and its many coalition groups have joined the loud clamor to proceed with the political exercise, citing the ARMM Organic Act, or R.A. No 9054.
“ARMM was crafted as a mechanism for self-governance to answer the Bangsamoro people’s long decades of struggle. It was not handed (on a) silver platter, but after precious lives and properties (were) lost,” said ARCAPP in their Manifesto.
ARCAPP has sent the Manifesto to the President, Belmonte, and Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes.
“Autonomy of the inhabitants of ARMM must be upheld, including their rights to choose their leaders, not OICs to run their affairs. Postponement will bring instability in the region an deny our people the right to self-determination while appointed OIC may be dependent with the appointing authority and thus weaken the mandate of ARMM,” the Manifesto, signed by various Moro leaders belonging to groups in the ARCAPP coalition.
If what the President wants is to reform the ARMM, then ARCAPP said this can be done with the elections proceeding.
ARCAPP said they believe in the Aquino administration’s desire to achieve peace in Mindanao, they stressed that this should not be a reason to compromise the right of suffrage of the Moros.
“On the contrary, ARMM elections process maybe on the verge of reforms. In the last May 2010 elections, it was unprecedented in 21 years, an opposition presidential candidate (Noynoy Aquino) won in ARMM, garnering 422,635 votes against his opponents in the five provinces,” said ARCAPP.
“Corollary, HB No. 4146 is suffering from constitutional and moral infirmities. Legal experts opined that the President’s limited power of supervision over autonomous government proscribe himto appoint officer-in-charge in ARMM,” ARCAPP said, citing the  Constitution, Article X, Section 16.
Elections in the ARMM are not to be synchronized with national elections because of R.A. No. 9054. For H.B. No. 4146 to be binding, ARCAPP said it must adhere to Article 7, Section 7 of the ARMM Organic Law, which calls for 2/3 vote for its amendments and putting this to a referendum. — Felix Ostrea