Sangki Appointed Head of Office on Muslims Affairs

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Byline: EDD K. USMAN

President Arroyo has appointed a scion of a Moro royalty of Maguindanao, Datu Ali Balayman Sangki who is a 56-year-old technocrat and management expert, as executive director of the Office on Muslim Affairs (OMA).

Arroyo signed Sangki's appointment last Aug. 13. OMA is under the Office of the President.

Sangki will replace Sultan Yahya "Jerry" Tomawis, a businessman from Lanao del Sur and OMA head for the last two years.

Sangki has advised the OMA that he intends to assume office in simple rites today after taking his oath of office.

The Chief Executive also appointed last Aug. 9 Datu Aladdin Ampatuan, another Moro royalty clan member, as presidential assistant for Muslim Concerns at the Office of the President.

Ampatuan was the former head of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Sangki, who finished a management course at the University of Manchester in Manchester, England, through the British Council, is closely related to Moro royal families from Maguindanao's Muslim communities, being the son of Datu Sangki Dilangalen Ampatuan and Hadja Sophia "Pinanogod" Balayman.

Sangki and Ampatuan expressed gratitude to the President for giving them the opportunity to serve their countrymen and contribute in bringing Muslim Filipinos closer to the government.

Sangki is married to Hadja Tita Lim-Sangki of Buluan, Maguindanao. Their children are Mariam, Al-Iskandar, and Sheryl Yasmin.

Sangki said he would continue Tomawis' programs and sustain them in cooperation with other government agencies.

OMA is mandated by Executive Order No. 122-A to preserve, promote and enhance the country's Muslim heritage and help the President address the Moro people's concerns.

"As far as I know, Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo asked me to head OMA after knowing what I have done with the Al-Amanah Islamic Bank of the Philippines as chairman," said Sangki.

"The charter of the bank provides that my qualified successor shall be nominated by the President and properly installed during the scheduled stockholders' meeting this coming Oct. …