Malacañang remains positive despite HOR’s non-ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law
Marje Pelayo • July 23, 2018 • 4353
FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives a draft of the newly proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in a turnover ceremony at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace on July 17, 2017. Joining the President are (from left) Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman Murad Ebrahim, Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) Chair Ghazali Jaafar, and MILF Peace Implementing Panel Chair Mohagher Iqbal. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The House of Representative (HOR) adjourned its session on Monday (July 23) without approving the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) and with Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez still as the House Speaker.
The Senate ratified the BOL early today but without the ratification of the HOR, President Rodrigo Duterte would have no law to sign during his state of the nation address (SONA) this afternoon, as reported in the previous days.
Malacañang, meanwhile, called it “unfortunate” and a “temporary setback in the administration’s goal of laying the foundation for a more genuine and lasting peace in Mindanao.”
“We, however, remain confident that President Rodrigo Duterte will sign the Bangsamoro Organic Law as soon as both houses of Congress finally ratify the bill,” added Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in statement on Monday. — 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
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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