Secretary Datu Abul Khayr Alonto, 73, chair of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDa) passed away this Thursday, after a 10-day long confinement at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI). He was the first Muslim head of the Mindanao Development Authority and was appointed with the rank of Secretary. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said “the Palace expresses its deep sympathies and condolences to the family, friends, colleagues and loved ones of the late Secretary Datu Abul Khayr Dangcal Alonto.”
Datu Alonto became Vice Mayor of Marawi City in 1972 but in 1974, he went underground with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and became its Vice Chair. Later, he rejoined the government to become part of the Autonomous Regional government as Assemblyman, Interim Head of the Regional Autonomous Government and Speaker of the Regional Legislative Assembly.
He had an unsuccessful run for the Senate in 1987 as part of the Grand Alliance for Democracy (GAD) team. In 1994, he was appointed Ambassador to Nigeria and other African states. In 2014, a faction of the MNLF proclaimed him as Chair of the MNLF. In 2016, he was appointed by Pres. Duterte as Chair of MinDa.
He was the son of the first Lanao del Sur governor and former Ambassador Abdul Ghafur Madki Alonto and Bai Hadja Rasmia Dangcal.
Revolutionary, politician, businessman, and diplomat, Datu Hadji Abul Khayr Alonto has left his legacy on Bangsamoro and Mindanao politics and history.
(NOTE: The BFBCI, led by its President Datu Nasraili Conding and Chair Emeritus Usec Gani Macatoman, mourns the passing away of Datu Abul Khayr Alonto)
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