Palace reiterates Duterte's stand on Bangsamoro plebiscite

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 20 2019 09:11 PM

MANILA - Malacañang on Sunday reiterated President Rodrigo Duterte's hope that people will support peace and development as they cast their votes on Monday's plebiscite in Mindanao.

Residents in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Isabela City and Cotabato City will cast their historic vote on whether to ratify or not the landmark Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

"The BOL is a historic piece of legislation in our quest for lasting peace in Mindanao as this would correct the historical injustices committed against the Moro people," Presidential Spokespeson Salvador Panelo said in a statement Sunday.

According to Panelo, Duterte is hopeful residents will vote "yes" in the plebiscite.

He also said the President would respect whatever the result of the plebiscite will be.

"While the President would respect whatever decision the public makes during the plebiscite and comply with the sovereign voice of the people in Mindanao, we are hopeful that the BOL, which would pave the way for a Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, would be ratified. The President has already urged the voters to vote Yes for peace and development in Mindanao," Panelo said.

Duterte had banked on the BOL to correct "historical injustices" suffered by the Moros.

Some 2.8 million voters are expected participate in the January 21 plebiscite of the measure, which is part of a peace deal between the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front in 2014.