BTA Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim updates President Rodrigo Duterte on the BARMM. Malacañang file photo

Duterte, CM Ebrahim meet over concerns on Sec. Piñol’s appointment as Point Man in BARMM

Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao— Philstar reported on July 12 that President Duterte met with Bangsamoro Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) Chief Minister Al Hajj Murad Ebrahim over their concerns on the appointment of resigned agriculture secretary Emmanuel Piñol as head of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA).

“We are trying to fine-tune. That is why the truth of the matter is I really transferred Piñol to assist them. This is not husbandry. It’s there already,” Duterte told Philstar in a chance interview at Malacañang on July 11. 

Duterte emphasized that Piñol’s role would focus on overseeing the development in the region to speed up progress there since he feels it has not jumpstarted yet despite the creation of the new independent entity.

I don’t have a point man who was born and raised there, said Duterte.

I’m sure he can help the BARMM and the government to fast track everything,” Duterte added.

He also told Philstar during the interview that he is focused on improving the welfare of the Moro people who have been longing for peace and progress in the region.

In a televised interview recently, CM Ebrahim said Piñol remains to be “very unpopular among the Bangsamoro people,” even with his efforts to help the region.

“Despite Piñol expressing support to the Bangsamoro region even when he was still agriculture secretary, he is still not okay for some other people,” Ebrahim said.