Anak Mindanao lawmaker resigns

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 03 2017 08:46 PM

MANILA - Anak Mindanao (AMIN) Party-list Rep. Sitti Djalia Turabin-Hataman resigned her post Monday, opting to go back home as she cited a disconnect with her role in the House of Representatives. 

"This was no easy decision, and perhaps the craziest I’ve done so far. But those who knew me, and knew my soul, have long suspected I was longing to be back home," she said.

In her final privilege speech, Hataman, wife of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Governor Mujiv Hataman, said working in the chamber is "no comfortable task."

"Not when you have your own persuasions too, which do not always align with the people you claim to represent; not when you know the complexities of government bureaucracy that are impossible to reform overnight, and you also know how greatly they contribute to the worse realities of our people on the ground; not when you pour your soul out to champion a cause you believe in but you are judged by what they perceive to be your political agenda," Hataman said.

She said she would return to community service in Mindanao where she could touch base with marginalized Muslims.

"Whatever title or position or status we have, when it no longer serves that purpose, becomes meaningless. There is no higher office or lower rank, what matters is where and how you can serve best. This is a reminder foremost to myself," she said.

Before exiting the halls of Congress, Hataman appealed to her colleagues to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law, the enacting measure for the peace agreement between government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

"I leave appealing to your compassion and discernment, with hope in our leaders, and faith in the President to make true his vow to pass the BBL," she said.

"I appeal to you, we may be a little too late, as we all know now, but please let us not miss this opportunity - probably the last - to win back our people," she added.

Hataman served as Executive Director of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos before being a part of the AMIN Party-list in 2013.

Hataman will be replaced by Amihilda Sangcopan, AMIN's third nominee.

-- report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News.