PFP backs Isko; Adiong refutes claim on Leni-Sara option in Lanao Sur

By Ali G. Macabalang

COTABATO CITY – The Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) has thrown its support to the presidential bid of Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, saying his platform of government “is most aligned with and attuned to the needs of the Filipino people especially those (in) marginalized” sector.

PFP National president Abubakar M. Mangelen released to the media a photocopy of a resolution, which he said was adopted on March 30, 2022 by their party’s national executive committee deliberation.

Mangelen, an incumbent commissioner of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) and a retired police general, was among three parties that petitioned the Commission on Election (Comelec) to cancel the certificate of candidacy of presidential aspirant Bong Marcos or BBM.

In his petition, which the Comelec eventually voted down, Mangelen claimed the PFP’s certificate of nomination for Marcos was executed without his knowledge.

The camp of Maguindanao 2nd District Rep. Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu, and gubernatorial candidate of the United Bangsamoro Justice Party (UBJP) and staunchly campaigning for Isko Moreno’s candidacy, has also heralded the PFP in various social media channels.

Meanwhile, Lanao del Sur Mamintal “Bombit” Alonto-Adiong Jr. has refuted a publicized claim that 15 of 40 mayors in his province including Marawi City have endorsed a Leni Robredo-Sara Duterte tandem, a March 30 online report said.

Such a claim, the report said, stemmed from a purported statement earlier by Taraka town Vice Mayor and mayoral aspirant Aminodin Sumagayan that he and 14 colleagues were allowed by the provincial governor to choose their own national candidates.

The same online report cited a manifesto signed by Gov. Adiong and presented in an interview, purportedly affirming that “all” incumbent mayors in 39 towns and that of Marawi City were united under the Lakas-CMD Party that carries the Bongbong Marcos-Sara Duterte tandem.

Bombit, who is seeking re-election in the gubernatorial post he held for four interrupted terms, is the scion of Lanao del Sur’s Alonto and Adiong political clans, which underwent repression under the Marcos Martial Law regime. The two families regained political clout when the Cory Aquino administration deposed the Marcos reign.

Inside sources said Bombit’s mother, Soraya, who was elected governor in 2016 to 2019, is campaigning for Vice President Robredo.

Robredo is reportedly scheduled to spend a field sortie in Buadipuso-Buntong town to be hosted by the former lady governor and other close relatives and allies.  (AGM)

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