MARAWI CITY, LANAO DEL SUR (Monday, January 21, 2019) – The Republic Act No. 11054 or known as Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) has done its plebiscite peacefully in this province of dominant Maranaos who earlier promised 99.9% in the province will write down “Yes” to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
In the mean time, at least 1.58% voted “No” and 80% chose “Yes” for the ratification of BOL in this province, according to the Bangsamoro Free Elections Movement (BFEM) initial reports.
“Municipality of Wao has almost 6 thousands of votes for no, which subtracted from the conferred votes of Lanao province,” BFEM plebiscite monitoring officer said.
In a remarks, Former Bacolod-Kalawi Mayor Ustad Dipatuan told this writer in an interview amidst Provincial canvass, he said, “As we expect, but at least peoples voted in the plebiscite.”
The plebiscite peacefully managed orderly by the country’s security forces Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).
PNP Provincial Director Sr. Supt. Mazgani Mukarram have said, “The most marching order of the PNP chief is to ensure the honest, orderly, peaceful and credible plebiscite impartially.”
Provincial Election Supervisor Atty. Allan Kadon said, “Generally, smooth plebiscite in the province is expected, because we haven’t monitored any groups or individuals that campaigning for “No” as far as Lanao del Sur is concerned.”
On February 6, 2019, 6 towns of Lanao del Norte and 6 towns of North Cotabato will be conducting another BOL plebiscite for its inclusion in BARMM.
Youth organizations set to walk through inclusion of Lanao del Norte next week.
Among them, youth leader Almani Abubacar of Lanao Youth Counsil have said, “peoples in Lanao del Sur voted yes to BOL, so we’ll going to advocate repeatedly to the peoples in Lanao del Norte.”
He added, ““Marawi plebiscite was vigorously conducted in the presence of PNP, AFP, Media, and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) – Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF), it was notable peaceful elections in Lanao del Sur.”