MANILA- Tension sparked in a polling precinct in Cotabato City Monday as Mindanao decides whether or not to form a new Bangsamoro region.
Some locals allegedly discovered "flying voters" who had cast their votes at the Cotabato Chinese Institute, leading to a fistfight.
Another voter, who said she could not read or write, meanwhile complained after a teacher allegedly cast her "no" vote as a "yes" vote.
Cotabato City Mayor Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi was at the Cotabato Chinese Institute when the commotion happened since she was supposed to cast her vote in the said school.
Guiani-Sayadi said the female voter would file a complaint against the teacher.
The mayor also alleged that the "flying voters" in the school are members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
"Napaka-sensitibo ng eleksyon na ito kaya pag di ka talaga kilala, magalit talaga ang mga residente dito dahil ayaw talaga nila makaboto ang flying voters dito," Guiani-Sayadi said in an interview with radio DZMM.
(This is a very sensitive election so if you are not a registered voter here, locals would get mad because they are trying to avoid flying voters.)
Guiani-Sayadi earlier said majority of the residents of Cotabato City are against the inclusion of the city to a new Bangsamoro territory.
President Rodrigo Duterte is banking on the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law to heal the "historical injustices" suffered by the Moros.
-with a report from Arianne Apatan and Dexter Ganibe, ABS-CBN News