PRESIDENTIAL Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza (left) meets with representatives of the European Union to discuss the bloc’s possible participation in the Bangsamoro plebiscite as an election monitoring body. — OPAPP PHOTO

EU invited as Bangsamoro plebiscite monitor

THE EUROPEAN Union (EU) is scheduled to conduct an exploratory mission this month in Mindanao in response to the Philippine Government’s invitation to serve as an election observer during the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite on January 21st next year.

The EU invite to serve as election monitor was made upon the recommendations of Secretary Jesus Dureza, and MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim to the Commission on Elections. 

In a statement released to media outlets by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) it says, “EU representatives met on Tuesday with Dureza to discuss “the EU’s possible participation as an election monitoring body for the plebiscite on the Bangsamoro Organic Law.” 

The BOL was crafted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) and passed by congress on July 27, this year. It was signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte on August 6.

The referendum within the core territory of the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and several neighboring areas aims to determine which of the areas would join the new region Bangsamoro. (Source: BusinessWorld)