Pax Mangudadatu sure running as ARMM governor

Pax Mangudadatu sure running as ARMM governor

By Anthony S. Allada

BULUAN, MAGUINDANAO – Former Sultan Kudarat Congressman Datu Pax Mangudadatu is 100 percent running for governor of the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in the August 8, 2011 elections.

“There is no turning back. I am running for governor. We need strong political will, the ability to reach out to conflict groups, transparency, literacy and spiritual guidance to make the region progressive,” Mangudadatu told the media Monday here.

He said he is set to file his Certificate of Candidacy on Monday, May 23, the last day of filing the COCs set by the Commission on Elections.

Mangudadatu said his camp is yet to finalize who will be his running mate. The camp is picking between President Benigno Aquino III’s aunt, Margarita Cojuangco, or former Marawi City Mayor Solitario Ali.

“Despite moves to postpone the ARMM polls, I am very optimistic that the elections push through as scheduled,” Mangudadatu said.

Mangudadatu skipped reelection as representative of Sultan Kudarat’s first congressional district in the May 2010 elections to prepare for the ARMM governorship.

He served for three terms as mayor of Lutayan in Sultan Kudarat and became the first Moro governor of the predominantly Christian province in 1998. Undefeated for three terms as governor, he run and won a Congress seat in 2007. With an eye at the top ARMM post, he backed off from a reelection bid in the May elections last year. Mangudadatu now calls home his old hometown the municipality of Buluan in Maguindanao where he registered as a voter to qualify for the ARMM top post. Sultan Kudarat has been excluded from ARMM coverage.

This came even as his own nephew, Maguindanao Governor Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu strongly supports the postponement of the elections and place Officers-In-Charge until the synchronized 2013 elections.

The younger Mangudadatu said 3 other ARMM governors are one with him to postpone the polls, adding they even signed a manifesto to support the postponement.

Earlier, the President expressed his support to the postponement to pave way for the reforms of the region.


One response to this post.

  1. here we go…go pax


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