Hataman says Marcos plainly lost in ARMM

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Cotabato City – Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. lost in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in his bid for the vice presidency because he had opposed the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and that the people of the region will never forget the atrocities committed under martial law.

These were the reasons enumerated by ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman Thursday when he debunked allegations made by Marcos that “no actual election” transpired in ARMM’s vote rich provinces of Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao in the May 9 elections where the Liberal Party’s Leni Robredo routed him by a margin of more than 200,000 votes.

“Napaka imposible na walang actual election, very impossible yon. Una, karamihan ng mga mayors dyan (Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao) ay LP (Liberal Party members) at hindi yan bumaliktad in the last minute. Pero the mere fact na nanalo si Digong (now President Rodrido Duterte) dahil talagang gusto ng tao ay mayroon eleksyon duon,” Hataman told the Manila Bulletin.

Hataman noted that, despite the LP machinery in the region, Duterte still won with a margin of over 600,000 votes over the administration’s Mar Roxas.Hataman made the scathing remark in reaction to Marcos’ case filed before the Supreme Court Wednesday, alleging that the elections in ARMM were rigged to favor Robredo, who went on to win the vice presidential race.

He pointed out that Roxas lost to Duterte due to the former’s role in the abrogated Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MoA-AD) between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the government in 2008.

According to the ARMM Governor, Roxas’ attribution to the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) as “manakop (conqueror)” during the Zamboanga City siege told heavily on his bid to lure voters in ARMM.

Hataman added that the “nightmares of (Marcos’s) father’s repressive Martial Law regime that started the war in Mindanao in 1970s” also contributed to the dismal number of votes he got in ARMM.

“ Moro people are sentimental about their failed clamors for peace and self-determination in the Marcoses’ hands,”  he said.

Political science professors and students in Central Mindanao believed that ARMM voters opted for Robredo because of her late husband’s role in the resumption of government talks with the MILF that led to the forging of new peace deals, on which mothballed BBL was based.

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