In photo- Bangsamoro Senior Minister Abdulraof \Macacua takes his oath of office as OIC Governor of Maguindanao del Norte before President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in Malacanang, on Wednesday, April 5.

DND, OPAPRU hoping that the appointment of Abulrauf Macacua as Governor of Maguindanao Del. Norte will bring peace, progress

Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao– The Department of National Defense (DND) and Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU)  said in a joint statement on Thursday, April 6, that the appointment by President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. of Macacua as officer-incharge of Maguindanao Del Norte on April 5 will fast-tract political stability, and reflects Marcos’ trust and confidence in Macacua.
Senior Defense Undersecretary Carlito Galvez Jr. and acting OPARU Adviser Isidro Purisma said Macacua had demonstrated skill, competence, and leadership during his term as a former Member of Parliament and Senior Minister. “He will be instrumental in promoting the culture of peace throughout the province”, they said, as quoted by Rappler on April 6. 

The two agencies urged Bangsamoro constituents and leaders to unite and respect the President’s decision.

Marcos also appointed Mariam Sangki-Mangudadatu to head Maguindanao del Sur, Fatima Ainee Limbona-Sinsuat, the elected vice governor of the defunct Maguindanao, as vice governor of the new province.

The Presidential Communications Office said Macacua’s appointment shows the Marcos government’s “commitment to the mainstreaming of the peace process.”

Rappler in its report,Thursday said that Bangsamoro Government (BARMM) Chief Minister Ahod Balawag “Murad” Ebrahim has expressed his gratitude to President Marcos Jr. for the appointment of OIC’s in the newly created regions.

“I am taking this very positively and would like to express my sincerest gratitude to our president,” Ebrahim said.

BARMM Minister of the Interior and Local Government Naguib Sinarimbo said the President’s move would allow the MILF and BARMM to showcase “the potentials of synergy” with the national government, the Rappler report also said.

“Installing an OIC would end the confusion among local leaders and residents,” said Sinarimbo.