By Lady Jean L. Kabagani

ILIGAN CITY, Feb. 4 (PIA ICCC) – Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr. believed that the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) presents a pragmatic solution against violent extremism in the Bangsamoro areas.

Galvez underscored the importance of the landmark law during the information drive held in this city on Saturday, Feb. 2.

“The plebiscite is our chance to provide our brothers and sisters their aspirations,” he said.

He also encouraged local leaders of Lanao del Norte to “let the people decide,” calling on everyone to remain vigilant in the plebiscite.

Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr. talks to the leaders of Lanao del Norte urging them to help in a peaceful conduct of Bangsomoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite on February 6. (Photo by Angelo Dologmandin/PIA10) 

The information drive aims to provide substantial knowledge on the BOL ahead of the second leg of the plebiscite on Feb. 6 for the possible inclusion of the six towns of Lanao del Norte and 67 barangays of North Cotabato in the new Bangsamoro region.

Other than the mayors and barangay chairpersons of Lanao del Norte, Bangsamoro Transition Commissioners Mussolini Sinsuat Lidasan, Jose Lorena, and Susana Anayatin  also attended the said forum to clarify the misconceptions and myths surrounding the BOL.

Galvez also urges local leaders of Lanao del Norte to help ensure peaceful and orderly conduct of plebiscite on Feb. 6. 

Meanwhile, Commission on Elections (COMELEC)-10 Regional Director Atty. Renato Magbutay discussed the mechanics of the voting during the Feb. 6 plebiscite, reminding the participants to answer all six questions in the ballot.

“Hindi lang po isa, but all six questions. If you are from Balo-i, you answer also for Tangkal, and the rest of the municipalities. We have to count all the votes, so hindi sayang ang boto,” Magbutay said.

The information drive on RA No 11054 or The Bangsamoro Organic Law is part of the information dissemination campaign of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) to have the public understand the content of the law and to avoid misconceptions/disinformation in preparation for the upcoming plebiscite in Lanao del Norte. (LJKabagani/PIA ICCC)