Hadjiman S. Hataman-Salliman

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Hadjiman "Jim" S. Hataman-Saliman (also Jim Saliman) (Lakas-Kampi CMD) is a Filipino politician and (as of 2010) the representative from the lone district of Basilan. Despite his nickname, he should not be confused with Benjamin Hataman—his cousin—who was arrested on murder charges for the assassination of Wahab Akbar in 2007. Hadjiman himself may or may not have been involved; he competed and lost against Akbar for the same congressional seat in 2007, and the two became bitter enemies.[1]

Background[edit]

Hataman was born in Buli-Buli, Sumisip. His two younger brothers are also influential politicians; Mujiv Hataman is the party-list representative of Anak Mindanao in the House of Representatives (2001–present), and "Boy" Hataman was previously mayor of Sumisip.

Political Activity[edit]

Mayor of Sumisip[edit]

Jim served as mayor of Sumisip from 2001 until 2004, when he was replaced by his brother Boy.[2]

Rivalry with Wahab Akbar[edit]

In 2007, Jim ran as a candidate for Basilan's lone congressional district and competed head to head with rival Wahab Akbar, leading to violence between the two camps. Supporters of Akbar were injured in a May 2007 attack by unidentified assailants who may have been connected to Hataman.[3] Jim likewise filed a petition with the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to disqualify Akbar as a candidate, claiming his opponent employed three armed groups to harass him and ally Gerry Salapuddin in the leadup to the elections. (Salapuddin was running for governor, and was running against one of the three wives of Akbar.)

"All these armed groups are now being funded and mobilized by respondent to harass, intimidate and coerce his political opponents like herein petitioner," Salliman said in his 10-page petition filed with the Comelec. He also accused Akbar "of having given material consideration, in order to influence, induce and, corrupt the voters such as when respondent gave through his designated ally P200,000 purposely to buy votes." Salliman claimed to have witnesses who executed affidavits to support his accusations against the herein respondent. Akbar brushed aside petitioner's accusations against him and branded it as mere black propaganda on his candidacy for congressman.[1]

Hataman lost the race to Akbar.

Accusations in Akbar Assassination[edit]

Captured suspect and former Tuburan town mayor Hajuron Jamiri fingered Mujiv and Jim Hataman as being the masterminds of the November 2007 bombing at the House of Representatives that killed four people including rival Wahab Akbar. Jamiri claimed in a two-page affidavit that Mujiv and Jim wanted Akbar dead because Basilan would "not be at peace" under his administration.[4] Another suspect, Cainar Aunal, similarly claimed that it was Jim Hataman who gave the order, and that they met in a coffee shop in a Quezon City mall in October to discuss the plan.

The Hataman brothers had denied the allegations, however, and Jimiri's statement was eventually retracted. Mujiv claimed that Jimiri had been tortured and that his "confession" came under duress.[5] Fellow conspirator Ikram Indama likewise later claimed that Salapudin, Bayan Judda, Caidar Aunal, Adham Kusain, Jang Hataman, Jim Hataman and Mujiv Hataman were all not involved in the Batasan blast, and that he was forced by the Akbars to admit to the bombing and to implicate the others.[6]

Continued Protest Against Akbar[edit]

Following Akbar's death, Mujiv's protest against Akbar held up new special elections to replace the slain politician's seat. Mujiv insisted on having his electoral protest resolved by the House of Representatives' Electoral Tribunal, leaving the seat vacant until the 2010 elections, where he ran and won.

Committee Membership[edit]

Hadjiman is member of the following committees:[7]

  • MINDANAO AFFAIRS

Vice Chairperson (Journal #11)

  • MUSLIM AFFAIRS

Vice Chairperson (Journal #7)

  • PEACE, RECONCILIATION AND UNITY

Vice Chairperson (Journal #13)

  • AGRARIAN REFORM

Member for the Majority (Journal #4)

  • AGRICULTURE AND FOOD

Member for the Majority (Journal #4)

  • CIVIL SERVICE AND PROFESSIONAL REGULATION

Member for the Majority (Journal #6)

  • LEGISLATIVE FRANCHISES

Member for the Majority (Journal #12)

  • NATIONAL DEFENSE AND SECURITY

Member for the Majority (Journal #8)

  • NATURAL RESOURCES

Member for the Majority (Journal #8)

  • PUBLIC INFORMATION

Member for the Majority (Journal #9)

  • PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS

Member for the Majority (Journal #9)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Candidate asks Comelec to disqualify Basilan governor. Philippines News Agency (PNA), May 10, 2007.
  2. ^ GENERAL NEWS END IS NEAR FOR ABU, SAYS SOUTHCOM CHIEF. Philippine Daily Inquirer November 13, 2001.
  3. ^ Marines, backed up by tanks, guard Basilan canvassing. Philippines News Agency (PNA) May 24, 2007.
  4. ^ House representative behind Philippine Congress blast: charged ex-mayor. Xinhua General News Service November 28, 2007.
  5. ^ BATASAN BLAST SUSPECT TORTURED, SOLON CLAIMS. Philippine Daily Inquirer December 6, 2007.
  6. ^ BATASAN BLAST SUSPECT SURRENDERS. Philippine Daily Inquirer October 8, 2008.
  7. ^ Member Information-- 15th Congress. Philippines House of Representatives. http://www.congress.gov.ph/members/search.php?id=hataman&congress=15