ARMM officials submit courtesy resignation


COTABATO CITY: Some cabinet officials in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) have started submitting courtesy resignations to Governor-elect Mujiv Hataman.

Lawyer Laisa Alamia, ARMM executive secretary, was the first to submit her courtesy resignation papers to Hataman who was reelected for his second term as regional chief executive of the five- province ARMM.

Citing ARMM Memorandum No. 215, Alamia said all Cabinet secretaries, assistant secretaries and bureau heads of ARMM line agencies are expected to submit courtesy resignations before May 30.

The office of regional secretary, assistant secretary and bureau chiefs are positions of trust and confidence of the appointing authority, and in the case of ARMM, Gov. Hataman was the appointing authority.

Alamia was among the first to submit courtesy resignation papers along with ARMM Chief of Staff Rasul Mitmug and Health Secretary Dr. Kadil Sinolinding Jr.

“This is to allow Gov. Hataman to freely choose his new cabinet members to accompany him in serving the people of ARMM,” Alamia said during a local TV interview.

When Hataman was first named as caretaker regional governor, which eventually earned him the moniker as “ghost buster,” he appointed cabinet members who effectively carried out his platform of government.

Upon his election in 2013, Hataman replaced some cabinet officials, while retaining others who have performed more than what was expected of them.

After he takes his oath of office on June 30, Hataman will name his new “official family.” As in 2013, Hataman formed a selection committee with specific directives to only recommend the “best and the brightest” based on qualifications and not on the “padrino system.”



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  1. It’s time for the farcical ARMM to be scrapped to give way to a real autonomous government based on peace agreements forged by the Philippine government and Bangsamoro freedom fighters demanding peace, justice and self-determination. That they have decided not to separate totally from the Philippine body politic, but only to be given autonomy to chart their own socio-economic and political destiny according to their religion, traditional and cultural outlook in life is positive enough that they want to enjoy peaceful co-existence with the Filipinos. Simply put, the autonomous government in place should not be only unilaterally imposed by the Manila government, but agreed by all stakeholders to the peace agreement.