Set aside differences and push for common good”: Moro Political leaders

ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman and Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu, hope the leaders of the revolutionary fronts will set aside their differences and push for the common good of the Bangsamoro, given the unique situation where the President is a Mindanawon with Moro blood, the Senate and House Speaker are both from Mindanao, and as Dureza said, the Supreme Court’s Chief Justice, also has roots in Mindanao, Mindanews online report said.

Hataman told MindaNews that the challenge for the MILF, MNLF, and the other Bangsmoro leaders is to take the opportunity now that the President is a Mindanawon with Moro blood.

Several times, Pres. Duterte had vowed to address the historical injustices committed against the Bangsamoro.

I do not understand, maybe because I am younger, but what does the MNLF want that is not in accord with what the MILF wants? What does the MILF want that is different from what the MNLF wants? In the end, we’re still Bangsamoro, right?, he said.

Hataman reiterated that if what will make them unite is for him to resign tomorrow as ARMM Governor, he would do so. “I will resign tomorrow if that can make them unite”, he told Mindanews.

I know the ARMM’s limitations. I feel the ARMM is not the solution to the problem of the Bangsmaoro but there are opportunities that we can do for the Bangsamoro to benefit from while the ARMM is there. But definitely, this is not the ultimate solution), Hataman said.

Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu said he hopes the MNLF and MILF leaders “talk properly” for the sake of the Bangsamoro.

He said he is bothered by leaders calling the others as “traitors,” as Misuari said of the MILF and the other factions of the MNLF in November.

“Once upon a time, they were for us and hopefully now, they will still be for us”, Mangudadatu told Mindanews.