Army, police beef up security for BOL plebiscite in Lanao del Norte

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 05 2019 04:25 AM

LANAO DEL NORTE - Additional security forces arrived Monday in Lanao del Norte for the plebiscite on the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) on Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Some officials, however, have aired concerns on the safe conduct of the plebiscite.

Lawyer Naguib Sinarimbo, secretary-general of the United Bangsamoro Justice Party, said he is worried about the presence of an unidentified armed group in Dimaporo town.

Meanwhile, Pakigdait Interfaith Chairman Father Teresito Chito Suganob has called on for a credible result of the plebiscite.

The military said residents can safely go out and vote.

The BOL was created in 2014 as part of a peace deal between the government and the Philippines’ largest Muslim separatist group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

The BOL, now deemed ratified, would grant greater fiscal and political autonomy to predominantly Muslim provinces and cities. - report from Roxanne Arevalo, ABS-CBN News