Abdusakur Mahail Tan

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Abdusakur Mahail Tan
Vice Governor of Sulu
In office
June 30, 2013 – May 2016
Governor of Sulu
Assumed office
June 30, 2019
In office
June 30, 2007 – June 30, 2013
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from the First District of Sulu
In office
1996 – June 30, 2001
Member of the Municipal Council of Jolo
In office
June 30, 1987 – June 30, 1992
Preceded byPost created
Succeeded byBensaudi Tulawie
In office
Personal details
Born (1950-07-13) July 13, 1950 (age 72)
Maimbung, Sulu, Philippines
Political partyLiberal
SpouseHadja Nurunisah Abubakar

Abdusakur "Sakur" Mahail Tan (born July 13, 1950 in Maimbung) is a Filipino politician and former governor of Sulu Province (2007–2013) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. He currently serves as the Vice Governor of Sulu.


Tan is of Chinese-Tausug descent and was born on July 13, 1950, in Maimbung, Sulu, the eldest child of Hadji Abubakar Tan (former mayor of Maimbung) and Hadja Satriya Mahail. He attended high school at the Notre Dame of Jolo for Boys and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 1983 from the Notre Dame of Jolo College.[1]

He is married to Hadja Nurunisah Abubakar-Tan, Jolo"s present Vice Governor - 2016, (daughter of former Jolo mayor Habib Aminkandra N. Abubakar) and has five children.[2]

Political Activity[edit]

Tan (LKS-KAM) established a political base in Jolo by aligning himself with the Abubakar and Isquerdo families. He served first as the municipal councillor of Jolo (1981–87), then as a representative of Sulu's first congressional district (1987–1992) and as governor (in a previous term, 1996–2001).[1] He lost the 2001 election to MNLF leader Yusop Jikiri but won the governorship a second time in 2007 with 110,715 votes, according to COMELEC data.[3] In 2010 he won re-election, beating out rivals Munir Arbison and Nur Misuari by over 24,000 votes.[4]

Zamboanga Terrorist Attack[edit]

Tan was among 12 persons injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded at the arrival area of Zamboanga International Airport in August 2010. The attack was suspected to target Tan himself. The explosion occurred a few days after a suspected member of the regional terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), Edgar Malaydan, was arrested in Monkayo, Compostela Valley.[5]

Opposition to ARMM[edit]

In a letter addressed to President Aquino, Tan in September 2010 said that the ARMM had failed to bring development or address widespread poverty since its creation more than two decades ago.


  1. ^ a b "League of Provinces of the Philippines Website". Archived from the original on 2008-11-21. Retrieved 2011-02-11.
  2. ^ Province of Sulu official website, Governor profile. "Province of Sulu, Philippines | Profile". Archived from the original on 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2011-02-12.
  3. ^ Sulu Election Results as of August 2010, COMELEC.gov
  4. ^ Sakur Tan re-elected governor of Sulu. GMA News, 05/16/2010. http://www.gmanews.tv/story/191093/sakur-tan-re-elected-governor-of-sulu
  5. ^ Sulu governor hurt in Zamboanga blast. Manila Bulletin, August 5, 2010. "Sulu governor hurt in Zamboanga blast | the Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online". Manila Bulletin. Archived from the original on 2010-12-18. Retrieved 2011-02-13.

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