Cotabato City Mayor-elect Mohammad Bruce Matabalao (center). Photo from Matabalao’s Facebook page

Incoming Cotabato City mayor Matabalao to appoint sectoral deputy mayors

COTABATO CITY – Mayor-elect Mohammad Bruce Matabalao announced yesterday he will name four deputy mayors once he assumes as the city’s chief executive on July 1.

“These deputy mayors will take charge of the issues of four major sectoral groups of Muslims, Christians, Chinese and Indigenous Peoples,” Matabalao, of the United Bangsamoro Justice Party (UBJP, Mindanews report said yesterday, June 1, 2022.

“It was my election promise that I will be serving all Cotabatenios,” he said, reiterating his campaign slogan, “Bruce Matabalao para sa lahat (Bruce for all),” the Mindanews report quoting Matabalao saying.

Matabalao, a three-term city councilor, ran under the United Bangsamoro Justice Party (UBJP) of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF against incumbent Mayor Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi (NPC), the city’s first and only female elected mayor.

Matabalao garnered at least 29,818 votes while Guiani-Sayadi obtained 22,939 votes.

The four sectoral deputy mayors, Matabalao said, will also form part of the city’s Council of Leaders who will serve as advisers how to effectively and efficiently manage Cotabato City governance, Mindanews report said.

Matabalao has not yet revealed the names of the incoming deputy mayors but said “I already have their names.”