ZAMBOANGA - In a bid to end political bickering in Basilan, the regional government of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) gathered all local politicians in the province including those who lost in the May 9 elections.
The call for unity and reconciliation was led by ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman, who hails from Sumisip, and once rivaled the Akbar clan.
Hataman was with his brother, Jim Salliman, the newly elected governor of Basilan, and Congresswoman Jum Akbar, the first wife of Basilan Congressman Wahab Akbar.
Akbar was killed in the 2007 Batasan bombing, where the Hatamans were implicated in the case, until eventually dismissed by the higher court.
In this year's elections, the Hatamans and Akbars agreed not to run against each other to foster unity and a strong alliance.
Hataman said he wanted other rival clans in the province to forge a similar alliance.
Hataman also took advantage of the gathering to call for support from local chief executives of the municipalities in the fight against the Abu Sayyaf Group.
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