Non-Muslim may be appointed ARMM governor – Comelec

Even a non-Muslim may be appointed as officer-in-charge (OICS) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said yesterday.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes clarified religion or membership in the Islamic faith is not a requirement in the selection of OIC in the ARMM.

The law does not state any religious requirement, even in the election of a regional governor for the autonomous Muslim region, Brillantes pointed out.

“The law does not require that the one who should be appointed should be a Muslim, although it’s supposed to be an autonomous region for Muslim Mindanao,” he said.

Republic Act 6734 provides that “no person may be elected Governor of the Autonomous Region unless he is a natural-born citizen of the Philippines, a registered voter of the Autonomous Region, able to read and write, at least 35 years of age on the day of the election, and a resident of the Autonomous Region for at least five years immediately preceding the election.”

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