By Ali Macabalang

COTABATO CITY – President Duterte has appointed more Muslim professionals, mostly from the Maranao tribe, to various government agencies in what observers view as part of his commitment to mend “historical injustices” in the country’s Moro community.

One of PRRD’s new appointees, Bai Norhata Macatbar-Alonto, wife of the late Mindanao Development Authority Chairman Abul Khayr Alonto, as commissioner of the Social Security System (Photo via Ali Macabalang/ MANILA BULLETIN)

One of the fresh appointees is Bai Norhata Macatbar-Alonto as commissioner of the Social Security System (SSS).
A former professor at the Mindanao State University-Marawi main campus, Macatbar-Alonto is the widow of Datu Abul Khar Alonto, who died on May 9 this year while serving as chairman of the Mindanao Development Authority or MinDA. He was succeeded by Secretary Emmanuel Piñol following his transfer from the Department of Agriculture.

Another new appointee, Pendatun Disimban, was named member of the Board of Directors of the Cooperation Development Authority (CDA). Disimban had held various national positions in past administrations.

Also appointed was Sultan Masideng Marohombsar Salic as Director IV at the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF). Salic had held various directorial positions in the Office on Muslim Affairs (OMA) before the agency was abolished.

From the Maguindanaon tribe, President Duterte named Rajah Buayan, Maguindanao Mayor Zamzamin Ampatuan, and Kim Edres as Undersecretary and Director IV at the Department of Agriculture, respectively.

Elected as Mayor of Rajah Buayan in 2016 and 2019 elections, Ampatuan had served as head of the defunct OMA and administrator of the Southern Philippines Development Authority (SPDA). Edres was a key official of the defunct OMA.

Bulletin sources said President Duterte has appointed recently many Moro professionals, but the Palace has yet to announce or release their appointments.