Adiong reaffirms support for BTA lifespan extension call

POSTERITY POSE: Lanao Sur Gov. Bombit Adiong (3td from left) in a posterity pose with BARMM key officials led by Chief Minister Ahod “Murad” Ebrahim, Executive Secretary Abdsulraof Macacua, Ministers Eduard Guerra of Public Works and Naguib Sinarimbo of Local Government, MP Zia Alonto-Adiong, and Marantao Mayor Akhira Alonto. (Photo supplied)

COTABATO CITY: Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal “Bombit” Adiong Jr. and his entourage travelled from Marawi City towards here on Thursday to confer with the Bangsamoro autonomous government leadership and convey his reaffirmation of support to the call for extension in the transitional operation of the regional bureaucracy.

Local Government Minister Naguib Sinarimbo ushered Adiong to the regional executive building here where Chief Minister Ahod “Hadji Murad” Ebrahim and Regional Executive Secretary Abdulraof Macacua welcomed the visiting governor and his entourage.

In his conversation with the CM Ebrahim, the Lanao Sur chief executive “reaffirmed his earlier commitment of support to extend the (lifespan) of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) for another three years,” Parliament Member Zia Alonto-Adiong said in a brief statement sent to the Philippine Muslim Today news.

Before the Jan. 21, 2019 plebiscite, the governor Adiong campaigned rigorously for the passage of the Bangsamoro Organic Law. Lanao del Sur and the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (R.A. 11054) and yielded 98% out of the overall registered voters in the province (voting) in favor of the BOL, MP Adiong said.

MP Adiong’s statement, sent to the Philippine Muslim Today news by Minister Sinarimbo,  was coupled with three photos showing Gov. Adiong and CM Ebrahim in their huddle and a posterity pictorial among the host and visiting dignitaries.

In the early stage of transition extension calls last November, Gov. Adiong and his 39 constituent mayors converged in Marawi City where “most” of the municipal chief executives were overheard as airing sentiments about a litany of alleged “unfulfilled promises” by dignitaries now running the regional government.

On the heels of reports about calls for BTA transition extension last November, Gov. Adiong and his 39 mayors met in Marawi City for him to get the pulse of the local executives about the proposal.

In a phone interview with the PMT, Gov. Adiong confirmed that “most” of the mayors had aired sentiments about a litany of “unfulfilled promises” during the BOL ratification campaign by dignitaries now running the BTA parliament and cabinet.

But Adiong took exception to published reports that the meeting had come up with a dissenting stand on the call for extension.

“There was no formal manifesto out of the meeting,” recalled Gov. Adiong, who was later reported as rallying the formal endorsement of the 39-member Lanao del Sur Mayor’s League led by Butig Mayor Jimmy Pansar for the postponement of the 2022 election of regular parliament members to 2025.

Adiong’s recent meeting with CM Murad has “cemented” his “reaffirmation of support,” according to officials present at the meeting here.

The Adiong-Ebrahim meeting was also witnessed by Public Works Minister Eduard Guerra and Marantao, Lanao del Sur Mayor Akhira Alonto. 

(Ali G. Macabalang/PMT/SRNY/RSP)

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