COTABATO CITY, Maguindanao: The certificate of candidacy (COC) of reelectionist Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Gov. Mujiv Hataman was filed by Norambai Uttoh, the high school valedictorian of the Hadji Salik Kalaing National High School in Mamasapano at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Maguindanao provincial office on Thursday.
A child of war, 18-year-old Utto was accompanied by Hataman’s lawyer and supporters.
“I am proud to represent our governor today as he aspires to continue leading our region,” said Utto who was wearing a green hijab and a yellow shirt emblazoned with a text that reads “Bangsamoro Higit sa Lahat.”
Uttoh, who is a Mamasapano grantee under the ARMM Scholarship Program, is currently taking up Bachelor of Science in Education, major in General Science at the Maguindanao campus of the Mindanao State University in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.
“We need leaders who have proven their commitment to the people, especially to the Bangsamoro youth,” Utto said.
Amir Mawallil, spokesperson of Hataman, said Utto represented the direction and political agenda of Hataman.
“She personified Gov. Mujiv Hataman’s aspirations for the Moro youth and for a peaceful Minda-nao,” Mawallil said. “Hataman has proven that change can be done in the region. He believes that change is possible when you invest in sectors like the youth.”
It can be recalled that Utto was thrust into the national consciousness following her delivery of her valedictory address that called on the national government to invest in education and to continue along the path of peace.
Hataman will be facing Sulu Vice Gov. Sakur Tan, who has filed his COC on the same day.
Both Tan and Hataman are candidates of the ruling Liberal Party of President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
Tan is being supported by provincial governors of the ARMM, while Hataman said Aquino told him to seek re-election and support LP standard bearer Mar Roxas and his running mate Leni Robredo.