MAGUINDANAO GUV’S BROTHER SEEKS ARMM TOP POST
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COTABATO CITY – A brother of Maguindanao Governor Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu filed Tuesday his substitute certificate of candidacy (COC) for governor of the soon to be replaced Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
Datu Ibrahim” Jong” Mangudadatu, former mayor of Buluan, Maguindanao, showed up to the Maguindanao provincial Commission on Elections office to file his COC as substitute candidate for his cousin, Datu Bagua Mangudadatu, who withdrew his candidacy.
Jong Mangudadatu is running under the Lakas Christian-Muslim Democrats party.
Mangudadatu submitted his COC to Maguindanao election supervisor Paisalin Tago in front of cheering supporters and relatives.
He said he was not against the proposed Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao that will replace the current ARMM with the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) as the enabling law.
The BOL, however, was questioned before the Supreme Court by former Sulu Governor Sakur Tan.
“What if the Supreme Court issues a temporary restraining order, then there will be a political vacuum and an election must be held, so I will be unopposed,” Mangudadatu told reporters of his move on filing his ARMM gubernatorial bid.
This developed as Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Bai Ranibai Dilangalen has resigned to file her substitute COC for a seat in Congress, representing Maguindanao’s first district with Cotabato City in next year’s polls.
She replaced the COC of her aunt, Bai Rebecca Dilangalen Alamada Buan.
The former DA official is running under the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas, the forerunner of Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte’s National Executive Coordinating Council.
The poll body has set Thursday (Nov. 29) as the last day for substitution of candidates for next year’s polls. (PNA)