COTABATO CITY, Dec. 18- Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) urged constituents to support the incoming Bangsamoro government and participate in the plebiscite in January 21 next year.
"Kung mababago ang lahat at makakamit natin ang tunay na kapayapaan, sigurado ako, tayong lahat din ang makikinabang," he said.
(Should everything change and we attain true peace, I am certain that all of us will be the one to benefit.)
Governor Hataman expressed his gratitude to all regional government's partners and stakeholders who have been part of the success of the ARMM. "Hindi ko kayo makakalimutan dahil sa haba ng ating pinagsamahan (I can't forget you because we've been together for so long)."
Hataman believes that this year's celebration of Pakaradjaan is not the end, but the start of new beginnings for the Bangsamoro people through the establishment of the new Bangsamoro government.
"Buo ang tiwala ko na ito na ang pinakahuling anibersaryo ng ARMM (I trust that this is the last anniversary celebration of ARMM)," he added during the region's celebration of its 29th founding anniversary dubbed, "Pakaradjaan 2018" on November 19.
Meanwhile, ARMM vice-governor Haroun Al-Rashid Lucman said the celebration is about standing proud in leaving behind ARMM that has been previously stigmatized as a "failed experiment".
According to him, "ARMM has made a remarkable turnaround to become a responsive, efficient, and effective government."
Vice-governor Lucman also gave credit to the workforce of the present administration, and most significantly, to ARMM Governor Hataman for his effort in making ARMM better.
In his official statement, Senator Juan Edgardo Angara, who was represented by his chief of staff Alfonso Miguel Lima, said: "Naniniwala kami na sa pamamagitan ng Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), masisigurado na imbes baril at granada ang itataas, ay libro at lapis, araro at binhi, pala at semento ang hahawakan ng mga Bangsamoro. Ang kapayapaan ay nakakamit kapag ito ay nakapulupot sa kaunlaran."
(We believe that through BOL, there is an assurance that instead of gun and grenade that will be raised, it is book and pencil, plow and seed, shovel and cement which will be held by the Bangsamoro. Peace will be attained if it is intertwined with development.)
Angara also stated that the BOL should be seen not as a break, but as a continuation, an evolution, or an expansion even of the trajectories that have started in ARMM.
The celebration of 'Pakaradjaan 2018' started on March 26 and will culminate on December 19.
Meanwhile, Governor Hataman will deliver his last "Ulat sa Bayan" on December 18. ( BPI-ARMM)