BULUAN, Maguindanao – Local royalties and political leaders who crossed party lines converged here Wednesday and enthroned a new Sultan in revival of centuries-old traditional leadership to forge solid backing in the government’s campaign and illegal drugs.
Datu Kuso Kanebpal Mangudadatu, 64, was crowned Sultan Tambilawan II of Buayan in colorful rites marked by cheers from some 5,000 crowd composed also fo representatives from the youth, professional, religous, women, police and military sectors.
In his acceptance speech in local vernacular, the crowned leader called for public cooperation, saying that leadership “can only be effective to make the difference when there is mass-based support”.
Sultan Mangudadatu is the youngest brother of the late former Buluan town and Maguindanao Assemblyman Datu Puwa and Datu Markay who reigned as Sultan of Rajah Buayan from 1994 until his demise in 2004 at the age of 72.
Incumbent Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu and Assemblyman Khadaffeh Mangudadatu, both nephews of the new sultan, underscored the essence of reviving the traditional leadership that predated the colonial government and fostered strong governance among the Moro people.
“In these trying times compound by threats of extremism, illegal drugs and other misguided youth adventurism, we all have to explore all potential remedies, one of which is the revival of sultanate leadership that once proved as a pillar of Moro resistance against colonial incursions,” Gov. Mangudadatu said.
The governor pointed out. “I will exhaust every possible efforts to face head-on the challenges of terrorism and other organized crimes… No one can stand in our way when we are untied and determined.”
Mangudadatu acknowledge at the enthronement rites presence of former Maguindanao Vice Governor and now Guindulungan Mayor Midpantao Midtimbang, brother of Hadji Ali Midtimbang, a rival candidate in the gubernatorial elections in 2016.
He also noted the attendance of former Congresman Guimid Matalam and Didagen Dilangalen, more than 10 local royalties led by lawyer-Sultan Mama Dalandag, provincial heads of national agencies, Provincial Police Director Senior Supt. Agustin Tello and military officialias representing Army’s 6th Infantry Divisioin commander Brig. Gen Arnel dela Vega, among several others.
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