Hataman takes oath as ARMM OIC governor

by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 19 2011 05:16 PM | Updated as of Dec 20 2011 01:16 AM

MANILA (UPDATE) - Former Anak Mindanao Rep. Mujiv Hataman has taken his oath as OIC-Governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

President Aquino administered his oath in Malacañang.
After taking his oath, Hataman attended his first Cabinet meeting in the Palace.
“He is a former congressman and he knows the politics and the peoples in ARMM. We believe that he could be a person who can advance the reforms in ARMM,” Lacierda said on why Hataman was chosen by the President.
Lacierda said Hataman committed not to run in the next elections. “That is a commitment that we have asked the OIC governor to do so and he will honor that commitment,” he said.
“The instruction (of the President) is to make sure that the reforms are implemented. The reason why we went for a synchronization and also, in particular, the ARMM is to make sure that all the excesses of the past, all the corruption be eradicated and make sure that ARMM—as envisioned by the frameworks of the Constitution, by the solons who drafted the Organic Act—would really push to advance the welfare of the people from ARMM,” Lacierda said.