COTABATO CITY, Maguindanao: Several Muslim leaders in Mindanao are pushing for Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Gov. Mujiv Hataman to seek higher office as they point out that Muslims should be represented in the Senate.
Mohammad Nur “Nung” Ajihil, president and convenor of the Zamboanga-based Mahadjanah, said Hataman will be supported by all Muslims in the entire Mindanao and not only by those who are in residing in ARMM.
Ajihil’s group, with members in the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi, is one of the Muslim groups who expressed willingness to lead a Mindanao-wide signature campaign to urge Hataman to heed the calls of the Muslims for him to run for Senate.
In the past, at least two Muslim senators from Muslim Mindanao were elected to the Senate like the late senator Mamintal Tamano of Lanao del Sur and the former senator Santanina Rasul from the Province of Sulu.
The other groups supporting the move include the Federation of Civil Society Organizations of Tawi-Tawi, Senior Citizens Federation in ARMM, the Fisherfolk Association of Tawi-Tawi.
As this developed, The Manila Times asked Amir Mawallil, Hataman’s spokesperson to comment on the endorse- ment made by some of these Muslim leaders.
However, according to Mawallil, running for the Senate in the 2016 elections is not yet up in the “radar of Hataman.”