Lanao mayor calls for political conciliation

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KIDAPAWAN CITY: Mayor Hadja Neshreen Dimaporo-Lantud of Pantao-Ragat, Lanao del Norte has urged their newly proclaimed barangay officials to continue uniting to further release their community from the shackles of poverty and feudalism.

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Citing the town’s political cleavage with the provincial leadership, Lantud appealed to the barangay officials “to continue our advocacy for peace and unity.”

The mayor said 160 “unopposed” officials from twenty barangays of her town took their oath Thursday at the municipal civic auditorium of Pantao Ragat town.

“Everybody was enthusiastic during the ceremonies. The barangay officials donned their very colorful Maranao costumes. The tabak [food trays]were as colorful,” a local journalist enthused.

The event was witnessed by hundreds of spectators including local leaders and kin of the village officials, Lantud added.

He said she was foreseeing “brighter prospects” in her town’s political landscape, even as she expressed hope that her estranged relatives in the Dimaporo clan reigning in the province would come to terms with her family through masuwara (dialogues).

“This would be our legacy to our people and my family,” Lantud said, referring to reconciliation with the Dimaporos—

House Reps. Abdullah and Imelda Dimaporo and their son, incumbent Gov. Khalid.

Meanwhile, Board Member Usop Omar of Lanao Norte second district, a lawyer and event initiator, lauded the leaders in Thursday’s ceremonies, saying he was overwhelmed by the show of unity at the gathering.

He also credited Mayor Lantud for her steadfast efforts in settling political rifts as exemplified in the recent conduct of “negotiated” barangay elections in the town.

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