WATCH: Tension sparks in Cotabato polling precinct during Bangsamoro vote


Posted at Jan 21 2019 11:20 AM | Updated as of Jan 21 2019 11:24 AM

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.

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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.

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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