COTABATO CITY (December 28, 2018) – “Anti-Drug Abuse Council (ADAC) Performance Award” has given to the Province of Maguindanao through Governor Esmail “Toto” Mangudadatu in the 1st 2018 National Anti-Drug Abuse Council Awards conducted by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Friday in Manila.
The award is conferred to LGUs with perfect and ideal ratings, that Maguindanao gained 88% performance rate, in the ADACs Performance Audits conducted in the last quarter of 2018.
Maguindanao is among the 5 provinces of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) with having 36 towns included in the proposed Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) which will be ratifying on January 21, 2019 plebiscite.
In the awarding ceremony, Mangudadatu expressed his thought for peace in support to the BOL which has an issues circulating among some Christians that accordingly prohibit them to practice Christmas and pork in the Bangsamoro region.
“Fiestas, Christmas and Pork will not be prohibited [in the Bangsamoro],” Mangudadatu said while seeing Freedom of religion in the Bangsamoro autonomous region.
Under the BOL also known as Republic Act No. 11054, the ARMM will be replaced by Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) once it ratified in January 21, 2019 in Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Marawi City, Lamitan City and cities of Cotabato and Isabela, the six (6) towns in Lanao del Norte and 39 villages in 6 North Cotabato towns.
Mayor Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi oppose the inclusion of this city in BARMM which will pushes a provincial rally through with Maguindanao officials inside the 32-hectare complex of the ARMM next month.
Mangudadatu said, “In our practice, there were a few who won’t be open to say no but definitely the military, police and [we] the local government of this province will cooperate in tightening the security in the upcoming January 21, 2019 [BOL] plebiscite.”
In earlier this year, Mangudadatu said that he believes to the BOL is the most successful road to peace.