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Transition body gears up for Bangsamoro law advocacy campaign ahead of plebiscite

MANILA- The Bangsamoro Transition Commission is set to launch an advocacy campaign on the Bangsamoro Organic Law in Mindanao, a member of the body said Friday.

Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) lawyer Lanang Ali Jr. said the campaign aims to explain the importance of the BOL ahead of the scheduled plebiscite on Jan. 21, 2019.

“Ito pong BOL ay solusyon sa more than 50 years na giyera sa Mindanao. Solusyon po natin iyan. Marami na po sumusuporta sa Bangsamoro, hindi lang Bangsamoro,” he said in a statement.

(The BOL is the solution to more than 50 years of fighting in Mindanao. That is our solution. Many people are supporting it.)

President Rodrigo Duterte signed the BOL into law in July in the hope that it would heal “historical injustices” suffered by the Moros. Mindanao has for decades been restive, with various groups waging the secessionist cause. 

The law aims to install a Bangsamoro political entity in place of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and is envisioned to grant wider self-rule to predominantly Muslim provinces and cities.

“Ang problema ng Mindanao, ang problema ng Bangsamoro ay problema ng buong Pilipinas at ang solusyon ay para din sa lahat ng Pilipino. Kaya suportahan po natin ang Bangsamoro Organic Law,” Ali said. 

(The problem of Mindanao and the problem of the Bangsamoro are problems of the entire Philippines. The solution to these problems are for all Filipinos as well so let’s support the Bangsamoro Organic Law.)

Ali also welcomed the intention of 62 communities to be part of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, which will replace the ARMM.

“Makikita natin dito na maraming kapwa natin Muslim na outside the area of jurisdiction na gusto ring pumasok sa bagong Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM),” Ali said.

(We can see here that many of our fellow Muslims outside the area of jurisdiction also want to be part of the new Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.)

The Commission on Elections, however, will still determine whether the 62 applicants are eligible to participate in the plebiscite to ratify the BOL.