by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Thursday, July 19th, 2018
PASAY CITY, Philippines – The 28-member of the bicameral conference committee approved on Wednesday night (July 18) the reconciled version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which was renamed, Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).
This was after the bicameral panel concluded its debates on the most contentious provisions of the House and Senate versions on the region’s territorial jurisdiction.
The Bangsamoro Organic Law seeks to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) with the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), which would have a regional government, a parliament, and justice system as well as a greater fiscal autonomy that would allow an independent budget management. Up to P70B in block grant would be given to the Bangsamoro Region from the national government.
Awaiting a regional plebiscite, the proposed region would be composed of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.
It also seeks to include six municipalities of Lanao del Norte and 39 barangays of North Cotabato in the Bangsamoro, only if the province and their municipalities vote for inclusion.
Meanwhile, chartered cities of Cotabato and Isabela would also be included, also pending a plebiscite.
Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri accepted the Bangsamoro bill on the part of the Senate followed by House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas for the Lower House. After both legislators signaled the acceptance of the measure, celebrations erupted in the room.
“They can now also convince the extremist yung mga nagiisip na mga manggugulo doon. Sila na mismo ang MILF, MNLF ngayon ay partners ng gobyerno in convincing population not to join extremism,” said Zubiri.
“This may be not a perfect law, but this is good to start with,” exclaimed MILF Vice Chairman for Political Affairs Ghadzali Jaafar.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Thursday (July 19) said President Rodrigo Duterte can sign the BOL “anytime” as soon as he receives the consolidated version.
President Duterte may also opt to sign the proposed measure into law hours before his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 23. – Nel Maribojoc / Marje Pelayo
Cotabato City Mayor Frances Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi has bared alleged irregularities in Monday’s plebiscite for the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law.
She also noted that members of the plebiscite committee were neither residents nor teachers of the city.
Sayadi found the situation questionable particularly because the members were BOL supporters.
“One factor din na yun, mali mali yung mga entries, kasi mga na-hire nila doon, ni hindi mga nakapag-training ng BEI’s (Board of Election Inspectors) kaya maraming problema sa precinct level pa lang,” she said.
She also cited allegations of ghost voters and incidents of intimidation by BOL supporters during the plebiscite.
“Eto yung mga pictures ng mga tao who are not residents of Cotabato City. Yung mere presence nila ng ganyan, talagang natakot ang mga tao,” said the mayor.
Her camp has already prepared the evidence needed to file a petition with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) seeking to declare the plebiscite a failure.
“Pinag-uusapan nga namin although the petitions are already finished, we are going to file it next week,” said Sayadi.
The recent plebiscite witnessed Cotabato City’s historic “yes” vote to its inclusion in the new Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). — Nel Maribojoc
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Friday, January 18th, 2019
Majority of young voters in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) are in favor of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).
Based on the survey conducted by International Alert Philippines, 70% of the youth in ARMM voted ‘yes’ to BOL’s ratification.
However, the percentage of youth voting ‘no’ to the measure is increasing in Cotabato City and Isabela in Basilan.
In the said survey, those voting ‘no’ to BOL in Cotabato City rose from 13% in December 2018 to 32% in January this year.
In Isabela City, meanwhile, the percentage of those voting ‘no’ to BOL rose from 8.8% in December 2018 to 35% in January 2019.
Nevertheless, the number of youths who said they are voting in the upcoming plebiscite has increased in Cotabato City from 54.5% prior to the election period to 77% in January 2019. – UNTV News and Rescue
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