Hataman issues first memo order

Newly-installed Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) officer-in-charge (OIC) Gov. Mujiv S. Hataman issued Thursday his first official act, a memorandum ordering the regional cashier to stop any payments for “certain contracts and transactions” which his predecessor had entered into to first determine their propriety.

Hataman and OIC Vice Gov. Hadja Bainon Karon assumed their respective posts on December 21.

Hataman replaced Ansaruddin Adiong, the former acting governor and former vice governor who snubbed his successor’s assumption to the highest regional position.

ARMM is composed of some the countries most-impoverished provinces, such as Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi and the cities of Lamitan and Marawi.

President Benigno S. Aquino III appointed them to implement his avowed moral, moral, social, and political reform agenda for the autonomous government.

After his inauguration, the Basilan native issued what apparently was his first memorandum. It has no number.

“Effective today, you are hereby directed to stop making any payments on claims arising from certain contracts or transactions entered into by the previous administration without the consent or approval of the undersigned,” Hataman said, referring to Priscilla Candao, regional cashier.

After his assumption, he said he will be appointing new officials of his administration next week to help him carry out the President’s reform agenda.

He said he will not let the old “palakasan” system affect his decisions. Appointment will be made based on qualifications, he added.

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