LANAO DEL NORTE (January 26, 2019) – Peace rally for Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) held Saturday in a rule-governed Pantao Ragat of this province headed by Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chair Al-Hajj Murad Ebrahim.
Unarmed MILFs support the Armed Forces of the Philippines in securing road from Lanao del Sur bound to this province amidst rainy season.
“We will visit towns in Lanao del Norte to conduct peace advocacy,” MILF chair told the peoples here.
Ratified Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) ended the era of long-decades conflict.
BARMM is ongoing to replace Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) as Bangsamoro peoples voted 1,540,017 ‘yes’ and 198,750 ‘no’ based on the official results of the Commission on Elections for January 21 plebiscite.
BARMM includes six (6) towns of Lanao del Norte and thirty-nine (39) villages of North Cotabato in the February 6 BOL plebiscite respectively.
Some other towns of this province – Pantao Ragat, Matungao, Poona Piagapo, Kausuwagan and Sapad petitioned last November 2018 for inclusion in BARMM, prompting the COMELEC for the conduct of a separate plebiscite on February 8 this year.
Pantao Ragat known here a rule-governed municipality since Mayor Lacson Lantud took the office, according to its resident.
42 years resident of Pantao Ragat Abden Sultan, who weekly roams in this province, told this writer, “Lacson is a very ideal mayor, he made our town peaceful and orderly governed,” he continued, “he in fact enforce the law for peaceful community.”
“Mayor Lacson and the MILF are both peace advocates, however, voting for the BOL is up to the peoples,” Sultan said.
“That posters is effective, specially when he [Duterte] visited Lanao del Norte,” Sultan said while pointed his finger to a tarpaulin being posted by youth groups.
Duterte visited Cotabato City last January 18 after Maguindanao residents rallied for the inclusion of the city.
Cotabato Mayor Cynthia Sayadi dismayed and petitioned against the results of January 21 plebiscite after her constituents ratified the law.
Meanwhile, Duterte’s visit expected here for the February 6 plebiscite.
Lanao Youth Council (LYC), which recently relays message of the President through posters, remarks Duterte’s visit in Cotabato City last January 18.
LYC head Almani Abubacar told this writer, “Cotabato City was expected to be excluded before Duterte visited the city,” he continued, “but we were amazed after residents of Cotabato ratified the BOL.”
Residents of Lanao del Norte reading Tagalog version of BOL primers written by the Office of the Presidential Advisers on the Peace Process being distributed by youth organizations Mindanao Tripartite Youth Core and LYC to the residents of this province in understanding the ratified law.