Cotabato City's Guiani-Sayadi wins fresh mandate
COTABATO CITY, Philippines â A local chief executive who opposed the cityâs inclusion in the Bangsamoro region won the May 13 mayoral race but an outspoken counterpart in Basilan was not as lucky. Guiani-Sayadi spoke against the inclusion of Cotabato City while Sema, one of the authors of the BOL, campaigned extensively for the ratification of the measure. Sema said on Wednesday that she has accepted the result of the elections in Cotabato City. Guiani-Sayadi told reporters after her proclamation by the poll body on Tuesday night that she would focus on more peace and development programs meant to improve the lives of the Muslim, Christians and Lumad communities in Cotabato City. Akbar loses bid for Isabela City mayorBesides Guiani-Sayadi, the vice mayor of Isabela City, Cherry Akbar, opposed ratification of the BOL.