LUUK, SULU — Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao slammed Sulu vice-governor Abdusakur Tan’s failure to solve the woes of the province despite being at the helm of the local government for many years.
Speaking before 3,000 crowd here on Sunday, Hataman said Tan has been a politician in Sulu for decades now but the lives of the people on the island continue to be gripped by poverty and lack of security.
Hataman noted the high poverty incidence in Sulu that reached 61.8 percent in 2015 from 30.3 percent in 2012.
“The people of Sulu are victims of neglect by a local political warlord that ruled the province for decades now,” Hataman said. “For many years, if the life of the people even changed, it changed for the worse, aggravated by a local politician’s greed for money, control and power.”
Sulu, he said, stands in stark contrast to other parts of ARMM, including Tawi-Tawi that successfully decreased its poverty incidence to half over the past three years. Basilan’s poverty incidence decreased from 32.5 to 30.7
The poverty of the people, Hataman said, was also affected by the failure of Tan to stop criminality in Sulu.
“Sulu has remained to be the playing ground of criminals and kidnap-for-ransom groups and terrorists,” Hataman said.
“These are realities of Sulu, the realities of the people — and the reality of failed governance,” he said.
Meanwhile, local leaders of the second district of the province vowed to deliver a landslide win for Hataman.
This as he challenged them to vote for Tan for regional governor if they think the current vice governor of Sulu will be able to deliver the much-needed development for the people.
“My challenge to you is this — if you think Tan has done something to better your lives and he has brought development and peace in Sulu, you have the freedom to vote for him,” he said.
Hataman’s father is a Yakan from Basilan, while his mother is a Tausug from the town of Pata in Sulu.