CHOSEN BET. Vice President Leni Robredo during her March 16, 2022 campaign in Isabela City, Basilan. Officials of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and its political arm, the United Bangsamoro Justice Party, have expressed support for Robredo's presidential candidacy. (PNA file photo)

ISABELA CITY, Basilan – House Deputy Speaker Basilan Rep. Mujiv Hataman, a staunch supporter and campaigner of Vice President Leni Robredo, has gladly welcomed the support of the United Bangsamoro Justice Party (UBJP) to the presidential aspirant.

“We welcome and laud the endorsement and full support of the United Bangsamoro Justice Party – the MILF’s (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) political party – of the presidential candidacy of Vice President Leni Robredo,” Hataman said Saturday in a statement here.

Officials of the MILF and UBJP, including those who are part of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) government, made the declaration in a press conference Saturday inside Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.

Hataman said the UBJP has made the right choice since Robredo recognizes the principles of self-governance and self-determination.

Hataman noted that Robredo supported the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) during her stint as congresswoman in the third district of Camarines Sur.

“The MILF is an organization that is founded on the principles embodying the Moro people's clamor for self-governance and self-determination. And I believe that no other presidential candidate genuinely believes in and recognizes these principles more than VP Leni,” he said.

Hataman added that the UBJP and MILF’s support is indeed a big boost to Robredo’s campaign not only in BARMM but in the entire of Mindanao.

However, he said they should not be complacent as there are more things to be done.

“We must double our efforts if we wish to elect a leader who will ensure there is good governance in public service,” he said.

Meanwhile, the group of the Youth for Leni in Basilan conducted a house-to-house campaign as a birthday gift to Robredo on Saturday.

The youth started the house-to-house campaign at 8 a.m. seeking the full support of the residents for her candidacy. (PNA)