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Mujiv Hataman, His Life and Leadership

Mujiv Hataman, His Life and Leadership

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 Mujiv S. Hataman:
 His Life and Leadership
 I.
Mujiv S. Hataman is the seventh sibling of Hja. Jamila Salliman andHji. Sulaiman Hataman. Born in 1972 at Barangay Buli-Buli, Sumisip, Basilan.Mujiv comes from a family of local leaders. “My father is not apolitical animal but he is an undefeated Barangay Captain since the time of [former Philippine president Ferdinand] Marcos,” he said. The olderHataman inherited his position from his father, a Panglima (Yakan triballeader) of Sumisip when the place was just a tribal village, and one of thefirst City Councilors of Basilan.
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 He finished his elementary education in 1984 at Barangay Buli-Buli.His secondary education on the other hand was earned in 1988 at theSumisip National High School, graduating Salutatorian. He is anundergraduate of Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering with AMAComputer University in Manila.His progressive-bent political career started in 1989 when he joinedthe student activists who marched the streets and bannered the cause of theMoro People in the quest of the much evasive Right to Self Determinationand a peaceful solution to the Mindanao Question. Joining the Manila based Bangsamoro Student Association in 1989 to1992, his political consciousness evolved with a deeper grasp on the ebb andflow of the Mindanao politics as well as its web of interrelations among theMindanaoans, the Moro, Lumad and the Christian Settlers.With the aim of expanding the gains achieved in Manila, he foundedthe Kahapan-Basilan Inc. (What is now Kahapan Foundation) in 1995 inresponse to the alarming human rights violations committed by the militaryand the secessionist groups based in Basilan to the innocent civilians in themiddle of conflict.Advocating Peace and Development for Basilan, he earned the respectof prominent political figures in the province and made himself known at thenational and international levels. As an active player in the political arena inBasilan, he is responsible in shaping the peace and development programsspurred by the Governor and Mayors of the Province. At the international
Authors:Algamar LatiphCris Gaerlanand a family memberNOTE from Latiph:I made 53 footnotesfor reference &verification all from newsprint.
 
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level he is involved in the International Solidarity Work since 1997 and is aconsistent advocate for the peace and development via Right to Self Determination of the tri-peoples in Mindanao.In the year 2000, he was nominated as the number one (1) nominee forthe AMIN (Anak Mindanao) Party List and joined the House of Representatives nine (9) months before the adjournment of the 12
th
and forthe entire 13
th
Congress.
 
To date, he is one of the representatives of Anak Mindanao (AMIN) Party-List for the 14
th
Congress.In Congress, Mujiv Hataman is the only legislator who made the firststep forward to synchronize Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanaoelection with the national in local elections as an instrument of reform. Asearly as July 7, 2008, he filed a petition with the Supreme Court on to nullifyRepublic Act 9333 as unconstitutional and to have it synchronized so thatreform in ARMM may begin.
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 He was able to win a seat in Congress for Anak Mindanao Party-list byconsolidating votes from Muslim and non-Muslim communities. While inCongress, he was one of the very few who courageously spoke out againstthe excesses of the previous administration and the human rights violationsagainst Muslims, and the only Muslim legislator who stood up for thenPresident Arroyo’s impeachment.
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 Reform in the ARMM is not new to him. A day before the State of theNation Address on July 2005 he called the attention of “the government toaddress massive poverty in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao,”
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 in a speech before the Muslim community in Taguig City. He further statedthat: "
Kailangan natin ng isang bagong gobyerno na may representasyon ang lahatng batayang sektor sa lipunan. Isang gubyerno na may representasyon angmamamayang Moro at katutubo sa pagpapatakbo at pagtatakda ng polisiya namakakaapekto sa kanilang kinabukasan at kabuhayan
."
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In order to enhanceARMM’s development, he actively participated in the House Committee onBrunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asean Growth Area(BIMP-EAGA) Affairs.
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 Hataman had perfect attendance during 14th Congress.
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He co-authored House Bill 3827 to strengthen rural banks.
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He is one of thecongressmen who strongly worked for the Comprehensive Agrarian ReformProgram Extension with Reform Law (CARPER).
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 When the price of rice soared from P41 to P52 per kilo he was the onlyMindanaoan Congressman who called for the inspection of rice warehousesto avoid rice hoarding.
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He stressed “a composite team must be formed to
 
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prevent conspiracy among inspectors of warehouses. It should be doneregularly all over the country.
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Hindi dapat ningas-kugon
at reactionary andthat there is no logical reason for the sudden increase of rice prices but pricespeculation. We should prevent these corrupt traders from continuing theirimmoral act of looting the peoples very meager hard-earned money. I don’t buy this situation because Mindanao is supposedly the food basket of thecountry,” Hataman said."
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 As an environmentalist, he pointed out that there were 2,000 hectares being subjected to logging operation in Basilan and call for the stop of theillegal logging in the area.
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Quote from a news report “In Congress, Anak Mindanao Rep. Mujiv Hataman described the massive cutting of trees in theprovinces of Basilan, Maguindanao, Tawi-Tawi and Lanao del Sur as ‘anaccident waiting to happen.’"
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 He is persistent in making education as the first priority of thegovernment. He was one of the lawmakers who filed a resolution asking thegovernment to make basic education the primary beneficiary of its P25.2- billion take from the sale of government shares in the Philippine LongDistance Telephone Co.
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 In a joint statement, he expressed that this effort is to "give moremeaning to the mandate of the Constitution for the State to assign the highest budgetary priority to education."
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During the mass deportation of thousands of undocumented children of Filipino workers in Malaysia, hepushed for a program to insure that they will get proper education.
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 He was part of the Philippine delegation in the World e-Parliamentconference, an annual forum of the community of parliaments addressing,from both the policy and technical perspectives, how the use of informationand communication technology can help improve representation,transparency, accountability, openness, and effectiveness in the complexparliamentary environment.
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II.
He courageously filed an Impeachment Complaint along with otherlawmakers against former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
xix
In fact, hisact of walking out of the plenary and throwing away bundle of journals became the poster image in the media of the first impeachment againstArroyo.Hataman had unmasked the anomalies in the Road User’s Tax. Asreported in Manila Standard: “The P2.045 billion bonus - which was

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