“Thank you very much for your trust. Thank you for the chance to serve you.”
These were the words of gratitude of Maryam Napii Arbison to her constituents after she was proclaimed congresswoman-elect of the second legislative district of the Province of Sulu, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) on Thursday while, as expected, her colleagues in the Liberal Party line up also won by landslide the other top provincial and municipal elective posts in the May 13, 2013 synchronized automated national, local and ARMM regional elections.
Arbison also expressed her profound thanks to outgoing Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan and his son Governor-elect Abdusakur Tan II for their steadfast full support during the entire election process. The father-son tandem personally recommended and backed Arbison all the way as LP’s official candidate for the congressional seat.
Acting Provincial Election Supervisor for Sulu and chairman of the provincial board of canvassers Atty. Roberto Dela Pena, with Acting Sulu Provincial Prosecutor Annie Marie Ledesma as vice chairman and Sulu Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Tim Arbison as member, proclaimed Congresswoman Arbison the winner against incumbent Representative Nur Ana Sahidulla on Thursday evening at the Comelec Sulu Provincial Office.
Congresswoman-elect Arbison (LP), wife of former three-term congressman Munir Mundoc Arbison, got 54,717 votes while Representative Sahidulla (NPC) had 21,087 votes.
Although a first timer in active politics, Congresswoman-elect Arbison modestly learned legislative principles and governance during the whole nine (9) years that her husband served as Sulu’s 2nd district representative which she believed, has shaped and sharpened her competence and now prepared her for public service.
She also reiterated her vow to work hand in hand with the municipal mayors and other political leaders for the progress and development of the 11 municipalities of the 2nd district and fully support the reform agenda of President Benigno Aquino III especially in the ARMM.
Other LP bets, meanwhile, also won the top provincial and municipal elective positions in Sulu as earlier predicted by poll trackers of the Mindanao-wide Movement for Sustainable Good Governance (MSGG). Abdusakur Tan II was elected provincial governor vice his father, outgoing Governor Abdusakur Tan, who opted to be his running mate and also won. Governor-elect Tan II prevailed over Tongkil town Mayor Abdulwahid Sahidulla (PDP) who took a crack at the top provincial elective post while his father bested Muammar Tulawie (PDP) as vice governor.
The contest for the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng Sulu also concluded in an overwhelming victory of the LP candidates in the second district. Proclaimed winners on May 17 were Alnur Arbison, Alganarham Adam, Nasser Daud Jr., Ayob Pulahong and Abduradzmezer Burahan.
Moreover, in the mayoral race in the 2nd district, LP candidates in eight towns, four of whom were unopposed, handily won over their respective opponents. There are 11 municipalities that comprise Sulu’s 2nd legislative area.
The LP winners are: Allayon Arbison, Jr. (Luuk); Abdulgafor Abdurajak (Panamao); Nasser Daud (Tapul); Mussah Muksan (Siasi); Intan Berto (Pandami); Anton Burahan (Pata); Ferhana Mohammad (Omar) and Al-Zhudurie Asmadun (Lugus). The three others are: Independents Leizel Halun (Kalinggalan Caluang), Benshar Estino (Panglima Estino) and NPC’s Whajid Sahidulla, (Tongkil). — PR