COTABATO CITY: The Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Lanao del Sur (IBP-LDS) chapter is set for the conduct of election of its 2021 officers on Saturday, Feb. 27, with three renowned nominees for the chapter’s top post, outgoing officers confirmed Thursday.
Incumbent chapter President Mino Macalandap named the three nominees as journalist-lawyer Dimapuno “Pangnal” Datu Ramos, retired Elections Commissioner Elias Yusoph, and Adom Aguam-Macarambon, all Meranaw lawyers.
Macalandap said their chapter has some 300 members but only 188 have been “active” and will be the ones to elect the new set of officers at the provincial government capitol conference hall in Marawi City.
He described the presidential derby as “very tight” among the three presidential nominees.
Datu Ramos, a retired port customs official, a member of the league of reigning Sultans in Lanao region, has recently resumed his broadcast works through a Marawi-based outfit after lull. He had published two local newspapers in the 80s and 90s, one of which was the Philippine Crescent handled by this writer as editor-in-chief.
Yusoph was a former chief prosecutor in Marawi-Lanao Sur area before he was appointed commissioner of the Commission on Elections (Comelec). In his stint in the poll body, Yusoph once grabbed the limelight when he stood pat on his sunnah in a growing beard as a member of the universal da’wah (Islamic preaching) movement.
Macarambon, on the other hand, is incumbent regional lawyer of the PhilHealth office in the Bangsamoro region and current vice president of the IBP provincial chapter.
The IBP chapter was instrumental in instigating the lodging of the Marawi Compensation Bill in Congress, crafting as early as 2018 a version seeking P50 billion indemnification of private properties destroyed in the five-month fighting between combined militants of the Maute and Abu Sayyaf groups in 2017 and government forces.
Its leadership has also initiated disclosure of and indignation against soldiers’ alleged abuses, including looting cases on civilian abandoned homes.