Mujiv Hataman elected ARMM governor

By Lerio Bompat, ABS-CBN News Central Mindanao

Posted at May 17 2013 02:29 PM | Updated as of May 17 2013 10:29 PM

COTABATO CITY, Philippines -- Acting Governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Mujiv Hataman was proclaimed by the regional board of canvassers (RBOC) governor-elect Friday morning.

Hataman's runningmate, former Interior and Local Government - ARMM Secretary Al Rashid Haroun Lucman, was proclaimed vice governor of ARMM at 11 a.m. today.

The RBOC convened last Tuesday but had to wait for transmission of results from the five provinces in the region.

The first province which successfully transmitted results for the gubernatorial and vice gubernatorial races was Maguindanao, where Hataman garnered 165,351 votes while his closest rival, Pax Mangudadatu, got 112,464 votes.

In Sulu province, Hataman got 108,229 votes against Mangudadatu who only got 14,953 votes.

In Lanao del Sur, Hamatan got 134,176 votes against Mangudadatu who garnered 90,374 votes.

In Tawi-Tawi, Hataman got 38,471 votes while Mangudadatu had 13,930 votes.

As of posting, only the Basilan provincial board of canvassers, General Salipada K. Pendatun town in Maguindanao and another town in Tawi-Tawi have yet to transmit the results of the election.

The province has a total of 136,383 registered voters.

Since the remaining uncanvassed results will no longer affect the votes garnered by Hataman and Lucman, the RBOC decided to proceed with the proclamation.

In an interview, Hataman said it was an honest and orderly election. He also vowed to invite candidates to join in the strategic planning that he proposed this June.

"'Yong mga hindi pinalad at mayroong magandang plataporma de gobyerno, bukas po ang aking administrasyon. Kalimutan na natin ang eleksyon, ganon talaga may nananalo at natatalo," he said.

Hataman also denied reports that authorities raided his residence and found precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines.

"Walang katotohanan po 'yan at pinakakalat lang sa text. 'Yong mga accusations na nagkaroon ng dayaan, i-prove na lang muna bago magsalita," he said.

Asked if he will still be seeking re-election if in 2016 the transition of the Bangsamoro government will not push through, he said: "Hindi na ako tatakbo, personally hindi na talaga. Kung papalarin man siguro sa maliit na lugar na lang o babalik ako sa Kongreso. Basta if the Bangsamoro government will assume gaya ng aking pangako, bababa kami sa pwesto."