MANILA, March 28, 2011â€”A Catholic bishop is disappointed over President Aquinoâ€™s call to defer elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
The ARMM polls are set on August 11 but the administrationâ€™s allies in Congress are determined to have it postponed.
Isabela Bishop Martin Jumoad maintains that the elections should push through as scheduled to solve the present problems in Basilan.
â€œFirst and foremost I am frustrated (with the planned postponement of the ARMM elections),â€ Jumoad said Monday over Catholic Church-run Radyo Veritas.
But the Mindanao prelate said he will respect the decision of the government and will remain hopeful that it will bring good to their region.
â€œThey have the power of authority so letâ€™s hope for best because thatâ€™s what the President has promised that he will clean the government,â€ he said.
â€œI hope it will materializeâ€¦ I am a law abiding citizen and I respect the decision of the government,â€ Jumoad added.
On March 22, the House of Representatives approved a bill seeking to synchronize the ARMM polls with the May 2013 midterm elections.
By a vote, 191-47-2, the lawmakers approved on second and third reading House Bill 4146, the measure certified as urgent by Aquino.
The measure also gives the President power to appoint officers-in-charge in the ARMM government until new officials are elected.
Aquino lauded the approval of the bill by the Lower House and hoped the Senate would do the same. (CBCPNews)