The envisioned Bangsamoro autonomous region should be given a chance to work following a democratic
plebiscite in the proposed territories, according to a Palace official.
Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the plebiscite on the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law has shown the true will of the people which should be respected.
“The voice of the majority is the voice of God,” Andanar said. “We really need to be optimistic about the entire situation. Maraming of course mga critical – mayroong magsasabi na nangyari na ‘yan at nag-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao na, marami nang sumubok diyan wala pa ring nangyari. But if that is our attitude, walang mangyayari po sa ating bayan,” he added.
Andanar also said the establishment of the Bangsamoro region would help bring lasting peace in Mindanao, which he claimed has been a “lifelong dream” for the people of the region. He said it was only during the Duterte administration
that the BOL aspiration has been finally fulfilled.
“We must be really positive, we must look forward para magkaroon ng talagang pangmatagalang, panghabang-buhay na kapayapaan,” he said.
The Commission on Elections on Friday night announced the ratification of Republic Act No. 11054, also known as Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, based on the majority of votes cast in the ARMM.
Based on the canvassing of votes in the ARMM, 1,540, 017 of the 1.9 million voters in the region voted “Yes” for the BOL ratification while 198,750 voted “No” during the Jan. 21 plebiscite.
A second plebiscite on the BOL ratification will be held in Lanao del Norte and several towns in North Cotabato on Feb. 6.
Andanar said the ratification of the BOL went through the democratic process. “It’s a democratic process wherein the electorate voted. They’ve voted for what they want,” he said. (Genalyn Kabiling)