By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
House Deputy Speaker and Basilan Rep. Mujiv Hataman said former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos’ strong stance against the passage of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) has doomed his votes in Muslim Mindanao during the 2016 polls.
Hataman’s statement came after the defeated 2016 vice-presidential bet claims that poll fraud was committed during the 2016 vice-presidential race partial in areas under the now defunct Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) including the votes casted in Basilian.
Hataman said not only Marcos’ anti-BOL stance that causes him the vice-presidency in the now defunct Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) but also the martial law crimes in Muslim Mindanao committed by his father and namesake, the late dictator and former President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos.
According to Hataman, the Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) should dismiss Marcos’ “baseless protest,” adding that the people in the Muslim Mindanao region have voted “according to their conscience and decisively elected Vice President Leni Robredo.”
“Vice President Robredo won the hearts of the people of ARMM, and won the region’s vote alongside President Duterte. Dapat alisin na natin yung notion na laging may dayaan sa ARMM. Pag natatalo isang kandidato, dinaya. Pag nanalo, wala namang reklamo,” said Hataman, the last governor served under the ARMM system.
He added that Marcos being the former chair of the Senate Committee on Local Government, “he sat” on the proposed creation of a Bangsamoro region following the ill-fated Mamasapano incident back in January 2015,
“It is but natural for the people of ARMM to remember this significant detail and express their disappointment through their vote, which Marcos now wants nullified,” said Hataman.
“The Bangsamoro people remembers, and Marcos seeks to annul our collective memory along with the votes he now seeks to nullify,” he added.