LANAO DEL NORTE, November 19, 2018 — Local chief executives of Lanao del Norte urged their constituents to participate in the upcoming plebiscite for the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).
In the recently concluded series of forums spearheaded by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), local chief executives in the six municipalities that will participate in the plebiscite encouraged residents to go out and exercise their rights on January 21, 2019.
“Lahat tayo rito sa Baloi, bumoto tayo. Ito’y para sa atin, hindi lamang sa Muslim kung hindi sa Christian at sa lahat-lahat ng tribo ng Baloi,” Baloi Vice Mayor Mustapha Ali said in his remarks during the forum.
(All of us here in Baloi, let us vote. This is for all of us, not just for the Muslims but also for the Christians and all the tribes in Baloi.)
Speaking during the forum in Tangkal, former provincial board member Solaiman Mutia urged those in favor of the measure to rally for support.
“Kaya tayo, dapat tumayo tayo dahil ang programang ito ay programa ni Pangulong Duterte,” Mutia said.
(Let’s all stand for this because this is a program of President Rodrigo Duterte.)
Calandada Dumalondong, one of the division commanders of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF), said they will go out and gather support once the campaign period officially starts.
“Kami pong BIAF na pinamumunuan ko ay lalabas po kami para ang BOL ay manalo hindi lang dito sa Municipality of Tangkal kung hindi pati sa mga kalapit na munisipyo,” Dumalondong said.
(We will go out to ensure the BOL wints not just in the Municipality of Tangkal but also in the nearby areas.)
For his part, Munai Mayor Casan Maquiling said his constituents and the local barangay officials are all in favor for the ratification of the landmark measure.
“Alam namin na itong BOL is the only way para itong gulo sa Mindanao ay maresolba,” Maquiling said.
(We know the BOL is the only way to resolve the conflict in Mindanao.)
Under the BOL, any of the municipalities of Baloi, Munai, Nunungan, Pantar, Tangkal, and Tagoloan that votes favorably for the inclusion in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region shall form part of the new Bangsamoro Region provided that “majority of the votes cast in the Province of Lanao del Norte shall be in favor of the inclusion of the municipality in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.”
In his response, OPAPP Assistant Secretary Dickson Hermoso gave assurance that the same information drive will be conducted in the other 16 municipalities within Lanao del Norte to shed light on matters related to the BOL.
Present throughout the three-day series with Hermoso were Commissioners Maisarah Dandamun-Latiph and Romeo Saliga of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, who both made presentations on the salient points of the BOL.