BOL to address issues in Mindanao, PH: Mangudadatu

MANILA - The ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) will address issues that hound Mindanao, Maguindanao Governor Esmael "Toto" Mangudadatu said.

In an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA) during the 2018 National Anti-Drug Abuse Council Performance Award on Dec. 28, Mangudadatu said he has been campaigning hard for the BOL's ratification.

"Isa ito sa pinakamaayos at pinakamabuting daan para maging maunlad ang ating bayan sa southern Philippines. Kung ma-ratify at talagang matanggap itong BOL, 60 porsiyento palagay ko mawawala ang problema ng buong Pilipinas dahil naging problema lagi ng Republika ng Pilipinas ang southern Mindanao (The BOL is one of the best roads towards prosperity in southern Philippines. If this gets ratified and people accept it, I think 60 percent of the country's problems will be addressed because the problems of the Republic of the Philippines are usually in southern Mindanao.)," Mangudadatu said.

Mangudadatu said the BOL may provide long-term peace and solutions to problems in southern Mindanao.

The BOL has yet to be approved through a plebiscite in Muslim-populated regions in Mindanao. The Commission on Elections has scheduled the plebiscites for the ratification of the BOL from January 21 to February 6, 2019.

For his part, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo AAo said in a press briefing that the extension of martial law in Mindanao will greatly help the police and the military ensure the peaceful conduct of the plebiscite.

The BOL, previously known as the Bangsamoro Basic Law, considered as one of President Rodrigo R. Duterte's biggest legislative achievements, seeks to give the Moro people basic legal tools to chart their own destiny within the country's Constitutional framework.(PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency