JOLO, Sulu, January 6, 2019 – Tens of thousands of people converged here on Saturday to show their support for the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) in the runup to the plebiscite which will be held in little more than two weeks.
CAMP SIONGCO, MAGUINDANAO, January 4, 2019 — Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito G. Galvez Jr. and top military and police commanders met with local leaders here on Thursday to defuse tension following the recent bombing incident in Cotabato City and to assure the city of a peaceful conduct of the upcoming Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite and midterm polls.
Lorenzana said they came here to prevent speculation and “finger-pointing” on the bombing, which claimed two lives and injured scores of others.
“We are here to defuse the tensions and we don’t want to escalate the conflict,” Lorenzana said.
Among those who attended the dialogue were Cotabato Mayor Frances Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi, Maguindanao First District and Cotabato City Rep. Bai Sandra Sema, and Bangsamoro Islamic Forces Chief of Staff Sammy Gambar Al-Mansoor.
Lorenzana said a presentation made during the security briefing led by 6th Infantry Division commander Maj. General Cirilito Sobejana suggests the bombing had the signature of a local terror group.
“Until we get to the bottom of this, we consider this incident a terror attack,” he said, adding the initial investigation “points to Daulah Islamiyah terror group.”
The Defense Chief said their intention in coming here was to ensure the people “to have a free and peaceful elections and plebiscites.”
“Rest assured that your military and police are doing their best to ensure that you can vote freely according to your choice,” he said.
Lorenzana also called on the people to weigh the benefits of the BOL.
“Itong BOL na ito, matagal na natin hinihintay. There will be a lot of benefits. Let’s weigh it over para magkaroon naman tayong ng katahimikan,” he said.
(We’ve been waiting for the BOL for a long time. There will be a lot of benefits. Let’s weigh it over so we can have peace.)
Meanwhile, Galvez and Westmincom chief Lt. Gen. Arnel Dela Vega asked the leaders to stay calm following the attack.
“We can’t win peace by force, but by persuasive diplomacy and understanding,” Galvez said.
Galvez said the local leaders and the security forces are committed to making sure the upcoming plebiscite and elections “will be peaceful and it will reflect the honest will of the people.”
He noted that the presence of the Defense Chief here was critical since Lorenzana knows the political landscape and security situation of the area. Lorenzana is from the town of Parang in Maguindanao and studied at the Notre Dame University.
The plebiscite is scheduled on January 21, 2019 in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Cotabato City, and Isabela City for the ratification of the BOL.
For Lanao del Norte, North Cotabato, including the barangays that filed their petitions to join the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) granted by the COMELEC, the plebiscite will be on February 6, 2019.
KABUNTALAN, Maguindanao, December 30, 2018 — Top leaders of the Moro fronts who battled against the government at the height of the Moro revolution in 1970s to early 1980s have reunited in the historic village of Gambar on Sunday not to wage war but to call on its people to support the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).
“We were bombed here several times,” Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Peace Implementing Panel Chair Mohagher Iqbal said, referring to the battles at the village of Gambar.
“The main target was our current MILF Chairman Murad Ebrahim,” he recalled as he narrated how the military conducted its bombing raids from six in the morning until seven in the evening.
“This place is very memorable to us,” Iqbal said.
Sammy Almansor, chief of staff of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces, said Gambar was the scene of many battles between the government and MILF fighters.
It was also the hideout of the MILF founding chairman Hashim Salamat.
“Many milestones of the Moro revolution were held in Gambar,” Almansor said.
For Muslimin Sema, former chairman of the Moro National Liberation Front and now chairman of National Bangsamoro Congress, Gambar is a “historical” place.
“This is where our revolutionary meetings were held,” he said.
Sema said it is positive to note that after the years of struggle, they are now once again in Gambar not to wage war but to push for the ratification of the BOL, which he said is the “fruit” of their struggle.
“It will be painful to some of us if our struggle will not bear fruit and we are thankful we have this final solution to the problem,” he said.
Describing the BOL as inclusive, Sema said all the signed peace agreements between the government and the Moro fronts “are inside the BOL.”
For former military man Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito G. Galvez Jr., the BOL is part of the healing process following decades of armed conflict.
“We will make sure we will have a successful plebiscite on the Bangsamoro Organic Law,” he told tens of thousands residents here.
Galvez said the ratification of the BOL is part of the peace agenda of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“In three years’ time before the term of the President’s ends, we will make Mindanao peaceful,” he said.
Galvez said efforts are now underway to rehabilitate areas that were affected by armed conflict, particularly the Islamic City of Marawi.
Murad, for his part, said President Duterte made the right choice when he appointed Galvez, who only recently retired as AFP Chief of Staff, to head the Office of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).
“Secretary Galvez’s heart is close to the Bangsamoro peace process. Galvez invested so much effort to promote the peace process,” Murad said.
Murad reminded the Bangsamoro people to “nourish” the peace struggle to bear the necessary fruit.
He said the challenge right now is to manage the future Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao well.
The Bangsamoro people have been fighting for self rule in Mindanao as part of their clamor to regain political power over their ancestral lands.
The BOL aims to establish a more powerful political entity to address the historical injustices committed against the Bangsamoro people.
The assembly, which was attended by 10, 000 to 15, 000 people, was held several weeks before the plebiscite scheduled on January 21, 2019 in the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Cotabato City, and Isabela City for the ratification of the BOL.
For Lanao del Norte, North Cotabato, and the areas that filed their petitions to join the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) granted by the Comelec, the plebiscite will be on February 6, 2019. ###
ISABELA CITY, Basilan, December 27, 2018 – Ulama (Islamic scholars) and Christian leaders led an interfaith forum here on Thursday to educate the residents on the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).
The forum was held several weeks before the plebiscite scheduled on January 21, 2019 in the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Cotabato City and Isabela City for the ratification of the BOL.
For Lanao del Norte, North Cotabato and the areas that filed their petitions to join the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) granted by the Comelec, the plebiscite will be on February 6, 2019.
The residents of this city, which is currently not part of the current ARMM, will be asked in the plebiscite if they are willing to include Isabela in the future Bangsamoro government.
Organizers of the event highlighted the fact that the BOL is not a religious issue but a political solution.
Cardinal Orlando Quevedo, Archbishop Emeritus of Cotabato, said the main purpose of the forum was to provide the residents here “an understanding about the BOL to achieve an informed decision during the plebiscite.”
“I am for BOL. Why? because there’s a win-win solution for all. It addresses the historical injustices against the Bangsamoro people; it recognizes the territorial sovereignty of the country, and the rights of minorities,” he told thousands of people inside the Basilan National High School Gymnasium.
Quevedo said the BOL underscores the principle of common good, which consist of three important aspects: no discrimination, no exclusion, and fairness and equity.
He advised Christian communities to be discerning when it comes to the information peddled against the BOL.
Quevedo said the BOL respect religious freedom, quoting a provision that says the people living inside the Bangsamoro territory are “free to undertake activities pursuant to their religious activities and values.”
Mohagher Iqbal, chairman of the MILF Implementing Peace Panel, explained the benefits of the BOL, saying that the intention of the law is to achieve genuine autonomy as a self-governing entity.
“The BOL was not given to us in a silver platter. We paid for it through our blood, sweat, and tears,” he said.
He said indications of real autonomy entity is “having political power — and BOL provides 55 powers of the Bangsamoro government; and fiscal autonomy or access to the resources.”
Iqbal said the ratification of the BOL will address the political clamor that the Bangsamoro people have been pushing for years.
“War is temporary. Peace is final,” he said as he thanked the President Rodrigo Duterte for shepherding the passage of the BOL.
For his part, ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman said it is “very important for the Isabela to join the Bangsamoro government.”
“The face of Basilan is Isabela City. We fear that Isabela will be left behind if they will not join the Bangsamoro,” he said.
“This is very important because Christians here could listen directly from Cardinal Quevedo clarifying unfounded fears regarding the BOL,” he added.
“But at the end of the day, it is the decision of the people if they want to join or not. At least, the interfaith forum provides them accurate information so that when they make decision it is based on correct information,” Hataman said.
Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr. said the BOL was anchored on the Duterte administration’s principle of inclusivity.
“What does this mean? It means the BOL is a law that would benefit everyone regardless of ideology, tribe, or religion,” he said.
“More importantly, the law gives due recognition to the identity of all residents living within the Bangsamoro territory. So whether you are a Moro, Christian, or Lumad, rest assured that your rights and welfare will be protected,” he added.
Galvez, who successfully established a good relationship with the MILF when he was the commander of the military’s 104th Brigade in Basilan, said the BOL is the culmination of “our efforts to give our Moro brothers and sisters the opportunity to take ownership of the landmark measure and finally achieve our dream of genuine and meaningful self-governance.”
As the new peace adviser, Galvez vowed to push the ratification of the BOL.
“Now I am standing here as a brother of peace, making sure the peace agreement is well implemented — starting with the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law,” he said.
Other speakers of the forum included Bangsamoro Transition Commission commissioner Susana Anayati and Dr. Aboulkhair Tarason, the Chairman of the Basilan Ulama Supreme Council (BUSC). ###
MANILA, December 21, 2018 — The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) led by Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. signed on Friday a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) for the conduct of an information, education, and communication campaign on the plebiscite for the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) on January 21 and February 6, 2019.
The MOA, which was signed by Galvez, COMELEC Commissioner Al A. Parreño, and BTC Chairman Ghazali Jaafar, will identify the responsibilities of each party in the preparation and implementation of the voters awareness campaign in the plebiscite areas.
“With this new partnership in conducting IECs or voters education that we are about to formalize with the COMELEC, I’m very confident that we will be able to ensure that the public and the voters will have correct and timely information on the conduct of the plebiscite,” Galvez said.
He also said the partnership will ensure the smooth conduct of the plebiscite.
“We promise that this will be a fair and honest election. We will be giving all the Bangsamoro people their free will to choose where they want to belong.” he said.
The ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law, a legal document that honors all signed peace agreements with the Moro fronts, will be conducted through a plebiscite in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Cotabato City, and Isabela City on January 21, 2019.
On the other hand, the plebiscite for Lanao del Norte, North Cotabato, and areas whose petition for inclusion will be granted by the COMELEC, is scheduled on February 6, 2019.
In a press conference, COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez said there have been reports of disinformation being circulated in the plebiscite areas.
“The biggest disinformation we have is the news going around that people should show an ID to vote.” he said.
Jimenez said the partnership will help combat the spread of wrong information.
“As we get closer to the plebiscite, we need to augment (the voter education and information) efforts. Nakikipagtulungan ang COMELEC sa OPAPP at BTC para mapaigting ang ating kampanya,” he said.
(The COMELEC will work with OPAPP and the BTC to enhance this campaign.)
Parreño, who is in charge of the Committee on the Bangsamoro plebiscite, said COMELEC is almost ready for the conduct of the plebiscite, with most of its obligations stated in the BOL already fulfilled.
In his message, COMELEC Chairman Sheriff M. Abbas guaranteed a clean and honest conduct of the plebiscite.
“I will assure that the COMELEC will be fair in the upcoming plebiscite. I will see to it na hindi madadaya ang mga boto sa plebisito,” he said.
(I will see to it that there will be no cheating in the plebiscite.)
For his part, Jaafar said the partnership is “another milestone in guaranteeing credibility, orderliness and acceptability in the the plebiscite.”
He also called on OPAPP and the COMELEC to help prevent threats and intimidation that may happen during the exercise.
“We appeal to Secretary (Galvez) and COMELEC na sana hindi mangyari ang mga ganitong pangyayari tuwing election sa mga lugar namin,” he said.
(We appeal to Secretary Galvez and COMELEC to prevent these incidents that happen every there is an election in our areas.)
In the MOA, OPAPP will prepare and provide voter information, education, and communication (IEC) materials and assist the COMELEC and the BTC in the conduct of information dissemination activities for the BOL plebiscite.
COMELEC on the other hand will supervise the conduct of voter IEC on the plebiscite, including sectoral campaigns for indigenous communities, women, youth, religious, professionals, and public and private sector employees in every barangay, municipality, city and province where the plebiscite is to be conducted.
Aside from assisting OPAPP in the preparation of IEC materials, BTC will provide resource persons who will present a balanced picture of the ratification of the BOL during the conduct of voter IEC and provide the COMELEC technical assistance in the conduct of the IEC.
PASIG CITY, December 21, 2018 — Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., who officially assumed as the new Presidential Peace Adviser on Thursday, said his experiences in armed conflict have made him more determined to choose peace in trying to solve political disputes in the country.
“Have you seen the tears of a dying man? I did many times… It is very painful,” he said during the handover rites at the main office of the Office of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).
“We cannot go back to war anymore,” he added.
Galvez said some critics “have pointed out that I come from an institution that manufactures war machines.”
“But let me tell you, having been in the military for decades made me see the ugly head of armed conflict. In my early days in the military service, I was wounded in a battle somewhere in the Davao area. That experience has made me choose the path of peace,” he said.
In his farewell speech, former Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza said he has “great confidence” that he is handing over the reins of OPAPP ‘to someone I have known… for a long time.”
“There is no other person who can deal with peace than a person who faces war daily in his life as a military person,” he said.
Galvez, who assumed as the 11th Presidential Peace Adviser, is not the first retired general to lead OPAPP.
The first military man to assume the position of peace adviser was General Manuel Yan, who later became an ambassador.
It was under Secretary Yan that the Final Peace Agreement between the government and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) was signed.
Other military men who served as Presidential Peace Adviser were General Eduardo Ermita and General Hermogenes Esperon.
General Avelino Razon, a former chief of police, was also named peace adviser.
Other former top military men also led the government peace panels in the peace negotiations.
Galvez thanked President Rodrigo Duterte for the trust and confidence given to him, saying he will do his best to be a good Secretary as the entire peace processes in the country is “at the critical crossroad.”
“We have the plebiscite in Mindanao to win. We have also newly President Duterte’s EO 70 to accomplish. And we have other equally important peace tables that we need to continue to engage with,” he said.
EO 70, which Duterte signed on December 4, 2018, directs the adoption of a national peace framework and institutionalizing the whole-of-nation approach to attain “inclusive and sustainable peace” in the country to address the root causes of the armed conflict.
At the same time, Galvez vowed to institute reforms at OPAPP, saying the bottom line is that the agency needs to deliver the services the public deserves.
“Checks and balances, along with fairness, transparency and accountability, will be the cornerstones of my policies as we restructure our organization,” he said.
“I’m committing myself to be a good Secretary. I’ll put my honor, integrity, and position on the line,” he added.
BRYG. TUKANALIPAO, MAMASAPANO, MAGUINDANAO — For about two hours, more than 200 residents, mostly women clad in Tundong (Muslim headdress), sat and listened as a speaker explained to them the salient provisions of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).
A majority of them were mothers with children in tow. Some were nursing small babies, while others were leafing through reading materials. The elder ones exchanged views in the vernacular in hushed tones.
There were also young students from a nearby Madrassah (Muslim school) who were part of the huge crowd gathered at the barangay gymnasium. They, too, knew that something important was taking place.
Regardless of their personal motivations in attending the event, all of them had one thing in common: they wanted to learn how the BOL can help improve their well-being and bring long-lasting peace to their community.
The women of Mamasapano have been witness to the ravages of war. Three years ago, the village was the sight of an armed encounter between members of the Philippine National Police’s Special Action Force and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
Although that fateful day will forever be etched in the memory of residents, they have learned to move on and are now in the process of healing and rebuilding their lives.
The Multi-Stakeholder Forum on RA 11054 or the BOL, organized by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), became an opportunity for the people to understand how the law will help prevent the recurrence of armed clashes in the area and across Mindanao.
In his presentation during the forum, Romeo Saliga, commissioner of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), said the BOL recognizes the struggle of the Bangsamoro people to assert their identity within the region.
“This is not an ordinary law. The BOL aims to finally put an end to the armed conflict in Mindanao,” he said.
Saliga explained that the law has three major objectives: establish the Bangsamoro entity which shall be called the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), set up the governance structure, and provide people with meaningful self-governance.
Saliga also emphasized that the law will not impose a cultural, religious, or political identify among those residing in the region.
The law, he stressed, is inclusive and gives due recognition to the rights of non-Moro residents such as indigenous peoples (IPs) and Christians.
According to Saliga, a Transitional Justice System will also be put in place in order to address the legitimate grievances of the Bangsamoro people.
Specifically, he said those affected by unjust dispossession of territorial and proprietary rights or customary land tenure shall be provided with adequate reparation.
This reparation, Saliga said, may include just compensation and relocation, which may be availed of by those who have been affected by armed conflict.
For Zuhnea Kudos, 46, the multi-stakeholder forum was an eye-opener.
“Malaking tulong ang forum na ito sa amin (This forum has been a big help to us),” Kudos said, adding she will echo what she had learned from the gathering and help campaign for the BOL’s ratification to be held on January 21, 2018 in the proposed core territory.
On the other hand, the plebiscite for Lanao del Norte, North Cotabato and areas whose petition for inclusion will be granted by the COMELEC, is scheduled on February 6, 2019.
“Gusto namin ng kapayapaan. Lahat kami dito sa Mamasapano boboto ng yes (We want peace. All of us here in Mamasapano will vote for yes,” she said.
Kalid Ladsak, 64, believes the landmark measure will help strengthen their cultural identity as a people.
“Dahil isa akong Bangsamoro, tutulong akong mangampanya ng yes (Because I am a Bangsamoro, I will help campaign for the yes vote),” Ladsak said.
“Mas maganda pag may BOL. Magkakaroon na ng tunay na kapayapaan at kaunlaran dito sa amin (It is better to have the BOL. There will be genuine peace and development here in our community),” he said. ###
BONGAO, TAWI-TAWI, December 13, 2018 – Close to a thousand Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leaders and their families, along with community women and youth leaders, gathered at the MSU Prep High Gymnasium for the MNLF assembly in December 11, 2018 organized by the MNLF Central Committee to increase public understanding of the provisions of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).
“Naniniwala ang liderato ng MNLF na ang BOL ay reflective ng provisions ng 1996 Peace agreement,” Romeo Sema, Vice Chairperson for Internal Affairs MNLF-CC, told those in attendance.
(The MNLF leadership believes that the BOL is reflective of the provisions of the 1996 Peace agreement)
Sema said the MNLF leadership also recognizes that the BOL is the product of the sacrifices of both the MNLF and MILF.
“Isa lang dapat ang solusyon sa Bangsamoro people. Hindi lang ito para sa MILF, hindi lang ito para sa gobyerno. Para ito sa buong Bangsamoro,” he added.
(There should only be one solution to the [issue of] the Bangsamoro people. The BOL is not just for the MILF, or the government. This is for the Bangsamoro people.)
The local government unit of Bongao through the office of Municipal Mayor Jimuel Que has pledged its support for the ratification of the BOL and called on the constituents to ratify it in the upcoming plebiscite.
“The mayor supports and trusts this law. Let us do our duty and vote ‘yes’ to the BOL,” Secretary to the Mayor Kinlene Aming-Sabaani said.
Commissioner Jose Lorena of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) also called on the people to ratify the BOL on January 21, 2019. ###
TAGUIG CITY, December 12, 2018 — The “Hijab Troopers” program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will be implemented nationwide after the successful deployment during the Marawi siege last year.
Colonel Romeo Brawner Jr., Head of the Civil Military Operations (CMO) Regiment, said the women in uniform will be deployed in core areas in the National Capital Region, namely CAMANAVA (Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela City) and Maharlika Village, to provide cultural and psychosocial services in urban communities.
“Kung gusto niyong ipagpatuloy ang trabaho ninyo as Hijab Troopers, mayroon tayong isang kumpanya na organic sa CMO Regiment and we are still continuing the type of work that we are doing in Marawi City,” Brawner told around 50 Hijab Troopers during the recognition program held for them on Monday.
(If you want to continue your tasks as Hijab Troopers, we have an organic company in the CMO Regiment available for you. We are still continuing the type of work that we are doing in Marawi City.)
The Hijab Troopers were each given a Military Merit Medal by Philippine Army Commanding General Macairog Alberto.
In her keynote message, Undersecretary Diosita Andot from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process seconded Brawner’s encouragement.
“My bias ako towards women empowerment, so I encourage you to accept Colonel Brawner’s challenge,” she said.
“As women in uniform, you are already in the task of peacekeeping. At alam ko na with the job that you are doing within the internally displaced peoples’ (IDP) camps nagagawa niyo na rin ‘yong peacemaking and peacebuilding,” Andot added.
(As women in uniform, you are already in the task of peacekeeping. But I know that with the job you are doing in the IDP camps, you can also do peacemaking and peacebuilding as well.)
COTABATO CITY, December 10, 2018 — Tens of thousands of supporters all over Mindanao rallied behind the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) today during the kick-off assembly for the plebiscite campaign held at the Office of the Regional Governor Compound of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in this city.
Clad in shirts printed with “Yes to BOL,” supporters from eight different provinces flooded the streets of Cotabato City to call for a resounding victory in the upcoming plebiscite scheduled on January 21 and February 6, 2019.
In his message, Government Peace Implementing Panel Chair Undersecretary Nabil A. Tan emphasized the dividends of peace the law will bring to the region, which had been beset by decades of conflict.
“Ito ay para sa kapayapaan, permanent peace na matagal na natin minimithi para sa Mindanao,” he said.
(This is for peace, permanent peace that we have been dreaming of for Mindanao).
His counterpart from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Chair Mohagher Iqbal, said the law’s inclusive provisions ensure that every sector will benefit in the Bangsamoro region.
“Para ito sa lahat. Walang maiiwan, ito ay para sa ating lahat,” he said.
(This is for all. No one will be left behind. This is for all of us.)
The campaign period for the plebiscite started on December 7 with peace rallies from all over the country including here in Cotabato City and Manila. The campaign period will end on January 19, 2019.
MILF, MNLF unite for BOL
The leadership of both the MILF and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) vowed to campaign aggressively for the law in their respective communities.
In a message read by Bangsamoro National People’s Congress Chair Muslimin Sema, current MNLF Central Committee Chair Yusop Jikiri urged the Bangsamoro to continue their peaceful efforts towards realization of Bangsamoro aspirations.
“We rewrite the history books to instill in the minds of those that will come after us that the demand for a just, dignified, and lasting peace requires revisiting the past before facing the future,” he said. “We rewrite the history books to end centuries of hatred, mistrust, and injustice that caused and affected the lives of millions of Filipinos.”
MILF Chair Al-Haj Murad Ebrahim, meanwhile, narrated the Bangsamoro’s struggle for peace and recognition of their identity as he urged everyone to give BOL a chance to succeed.
“I don’t think that there will be another law if BOL fails. (So) I appeal to everyone to be objective in evaluating BOL,” he said.
Overwhelming sectoral support seen for the plebiscite campaign
Various sectoral leaders pledged to support and campaign for the BOL to advance peace and development in the region
ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman threw his full support for the campaign as he urged the Bangsamoro to participate in the campaign and the plebiscite.
“Tandaan po natin, kayo ang makapangyarihan sa January 21. Hindi mabubuo ang BOL kung wala kayo,” he said.
(Let us remember that on January 21, the power is in your hands. The creation of BOL will not be possible without you).
Fr. Clifford Baira said Christian communities will support the new Bangsamoro region.
“Our simple formula is to engage the people of the Bangsamoro. Let them be part of the governance in the inclusive quest for peace in Mindanao,” he said.
Upi, Maguindanao Mayor and representative from the indigenous people Ramon Piang Sr. gave assurance that the Lumad will step up their campaign for the plebiscite.
Representatives from the youth, traditional leaders, women, and the business community also committed to campaign for the law in their respective communities.
The plebiscite will be held in two dates, first in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Cotabato City, and Isabela City on January 21, 2019.
For Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato, including the barangays that filed their petitions to join the BARMM granted by the COMELEC, the plebiscite will be held on February 6, 2019. ###