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President Duterte urges Moro community to vote “yes” on plebiscite

President Rodrigo Duterte said ratifying Republic Act No. 11054, or the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), would pave the way for fair and just distribution of land and resources in Mindanao and eventually lead to the achievement of lasting peace.

During the Peace Assembly for the Ratification of the BOL at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex, Duterte urged the Moro community to vote “yes” in the plebiscite.

“I am therefore issuing this call to my fellow Moros: Let us use this plebiscite as a peaceful means to finally correct the historical injustices committed against the Bangsamoro – or the Moro people,” Duterte said
on Friday.

“Your approval of this law will not just serve as an expression of your desire to end more than half a century of armed struggle in the region. It will also serve as a testament to your determination to bring genuine peace and development in Muslim Mindanao through an autonomous government that truly represents and understands the needs of its people,” he added.

About 7,000 people from the Moro community attended the Peace Assembly. 

On Monday, Filipinos from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Cotabato City, Isabela City, some parts of Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato voted in a referendum to ratify the BOL.

Duterte said the BOL is the product of a “long and rigorous process” involving “meaningful and exhaustive” consultations with Mindanao stakeholders, particularly the Moro National Liberation Front and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

“I am thus proud to say that the BOL has undergone comprehensive analysis and thorough review to ensure that once implemented, it will lead to better governance, inclusive political empowerment, and enhanced systems for transparency and accountability,” he said.

“I am very hopeful that with the ratification of the BOL, Mindanao can finally enjoy lasting peace and inclusive progress that will benefit you and I,” he added.

President Duterte last year signed into law the BOL which provides “for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao,” replacing the ARMM.#