Governor of Maguindanao. denies joining Aksyon Demokratiko for the 2022 polls
MANILA – Maguindanao governor Bai Mariam Sangki-Mangudadatu on Sunday denied joining Aksyon Demokratiko, the party led by the 2022 presidential candidate, the mayor of Manila Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.
Aksyon Demokratiko’s campaign team previously included a candidate for provincial governor Bai Mariam Mangudadatu in their list of new members who were sworn in before Domagoso last week.
“It is clear that with our political allies in the province of Maguindanao, I took an oath with the Nationalist Party and our local political party nicknamed UMP or ‘Umpungan ng Magpamalasakit Party’,” the governor said in a statement.
“We have always expressed our support for President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Senator Christopher Lawrence” Bong “Go and their allies – all, of course, for the sake of our constituents in the province and the rest of the country,” a- she declared. .
The Bai Mariam who backs Domagoso’s presidential candidacy is a namesake of the outgoing governor of Maguindanao, party chairman Ernest Ramel, Jr. said in a telephone interview after ABS-CBN News asked for clarification.
ABS-CBN News is still trying to contact the Governor of Maguindanao Mangudadatu for comment, at the time of publication.
Bai Mariam led by Aksyon Demokratiko is supported by Maguindanao representative Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu, Sangki-Mangudadatu’s step-parent and rival for the post of governor of Maguindanao in next year’s elections.
Representative Mangudadatu has not yet officially joined Aksyon Demokratiko, but he was present during the party’s swearing-in on October 1 to accompany his wife and 2 children who also joined the party.
Representative Mangudadatu’s 24-year-old wife Sharifa will run as governor of Sultan Kudarat, challenging outgoing governor Suharto Mangudadatu, Sangki-Mangudadatu’s husband.
[Editor’s Note: A previous article reported that incumbent Maguindanao Gov. Bai Mariam Sangki-Mangudadatu had thrown her support behind Domagoso, when in fact the Bai Mariam Mangudadatu included in the Aksyon Demokratiko list is a namesake, according to party Chairman Ernest Ramel, Jr. We apologize for the error.]