MANILA, Philippines - There may be no need to amend the Constitution to grant sub-state powers to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), a nominee for the ARMM's officer-in-charge (OIC) governor position said Monday.
Saidamen Pangarungan believes that the Constitution already guarantees autonomy for the region.
In an interview with ANC's Talkback on Monday night, Pangarungan joined other ARMM OIC nominees in weighing in on the Moro Islamic Liberation Front's (MILF) proposed Bangsamoro substate.
"I think we can solve the problem. We can have a win win situation," he said. "The Constitution of the Philippines provides for autonomy for the Bangsamoro people."
He said "it's only a matter of giving the right powers" to the ARMM.
Pangarungan said the ARMM can be expanded and given government powers "minus national defense, foreign policy, currency, and postal services."
"And then that's it. We have an autonomy," he said.
But for another ARMM OIC governor nominee, Sanchez Ali, the government and the MILF still have to continue peace negotiations while addressing the
"This exercise is all about the vision of the President," he said, adding that the national government can have a 2-pronged approach.
"It's continue talking with the MILF ... compromises can be achieved," Ali said. "In the meantime, let us put a stop to the vicious cycle of corruption in the ARMM." - report from ANC