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MNLF leaders get ARMM posts

BANDUNG, West Java, Indonesia ­- Two more senior Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leaders were appointed to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), apparently in compliance with the so-called “partnership governance“ between the government and the Muslim group.

Jikiri and Sahrin did not accept right away their appointments as ARMM deputy vice governor for Sulu, Basilan, and Tawi-Tawi, and assistant secretary, respectively, of the Department of Interior and Local Government (ARMM-DILG).

Jikiri, chief of staff of the MNLF, also wants to be assured also by the administration of ARMM officer-in-charge (OIC) Gov. Mujiv Hataman that he will not be a mere show like past regional deputy governors, who had no power, responsibility, and funds.

Hataman earlier appointed Basilan MNLF leader Jann Jakilan as secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (ARMMDoLE).

“Brother Yusoph Jikiri does not want to be a flower vase of ARMM. He was a former congressman of Sulu and a senior MNLF leader. He does need a position just for show,” an unnamed MNLF source said.

On the other hand, Abu Amri Taddik, another senior MNLF leader, said the group recommended at least 12 names to the Office of the Regional Governor (ORG) in Cotabato City for appointment.

“So far, only brothers Jikiri and Sahrin were appointed. There should be more to give meaning and weight to the GPH and MNLF partnership governance and reform of ARMM,” said Taddik. (Edd K. Usman)