This has been the position of Anak Mindanao Party List even prior to the passage of the Senate’s version postponing the ARMM Election and synchronizes it with the 2013 mid-national elections of the country. We just want to reiterate this position.
We have expressed our position and we are not alone with this. Surveys and our own study showed that the local populations and leaders of ARMM are calling for elections as scheduled. Only Malacanang and the new elites are in the position for postponement. But Malacanang has been successful in forcing the bill to pass in the Senate.
AMIN vehemently opposed to ARMM Election postponement and appointments contrary to the position of Malacanang and the President. This is not only divisive albeit, violates the Philippine Constitution and the creation of the autonomous region but also takes for granted the struggles of the peoples in ARMM for self-governance and harmony. Yes, this is true that ARMM needs reform, but the Palace can institute reforms involving the majority masses and by fulfilling the peoples’ democratic right to choose their leaders. Why deny the people from such right? It is the sole duty of the state to fulfill as such and secure to the highest the sanctity of that right and the whole democratic process.
This is also to inform the general public that, we, from Anak Mindanao Party List strongly denies the group claiming to be Anak Mindanao personalities. AMIN never supported postponement nor endorsed candidates for election and or appointment. These persons are using AMIN as their political organization only to have base and credibility for elective and appointive posts in ARMM. On the issue of legitimacy, these persons were expelled from the party during the 4th National Special Congress called by the Executive Committee on February 1-2, 2008 due to actuations and behavior contrary to the principles of Anak Mindanao. In addition, these groups lead by Mr. Isa Del Monte and Mujiv Hataman are instrumental in sowing intrigues, division and confusions to the whole membership.
Our appeal to Malacanang, Hear the peoples’ voices! Join them in reforming the region and do not impose anything over them. Journey and walk with them in the “matuwid na daan” and not simply put them to your “matuwid na daan.”
Dear Mr. President Aquino III, we only want to remind you of your “KAYO ANG BOSS KO!” pronouncement. Is this for real?
To the general public, ANAK MINDANAO Party List will never take advantage any political climate and opportunities for the party and individuals alone instead it should be to the best interest of all marginalized Mindanaoans that it will always uphold.
Related to our website, it was shut down due to maintenance problem but we will be back on air very soon. Our gratitude to Mindanao Tri-People Youth Center which temporarily host this current AMIN website.
Elizabeth M. Padilla
5th National Congress
Anak Mindanao (AMIN) Party List