Group wants debate among candidates in Maguindanao

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/24 February)– Calls hold a debate among candidates in Maguindanao have received favorable responses from leading politicians in the province and in this city.

The Alliance of Lumad Iranun and Maguindanaons (ALIM), which broached the idea of a debate, said it would lead to a mature political campaign.

Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu said he welcomes the idea, as it will give young voters an opportunity to know the candidates better.

He said that while many young people are into social media, debate is a good avenue to showcase the views of those vying for public office.

Cotabato City and First District Rep. Bai Sandra Sema said she too favors the idea since Maguindanao politics has been marred with violence and controversies of cheating.

She, however, said the debate must not become a venue for mudslinging.

ALIM, chaired by Vice Gov. Datu Lester Sinsuat met this week in Cotabato City to renew vows of commitment to the goal of the league and introduce new members.

Maguindanao deputy governor Datu Ramil Bayam Dilangalen said the alliance wanted to push a peaceful election by adhering to election laws.

He said the group has sworn to the Qur’an to remain loyal to the union’s vision and mission. (Ferdinandh Cabrera/MindaNews)