Civic group to campaign for ‘yes’ vote to BOL in Sulu

In an effort to help the Bangsamoro peace process succeed, a civic group planned to intensify its campaign for ‘yes’ vote to the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) in the island province of Sulu. 

The electorate of Sulu and other provinces of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will cast their vote in a plebiscite on January 21, 2019. 

The Basulta Contact Group for Peace and Development Initiatives, Inc. (BCG) laid down its plan of action on how it can educate the people of Sulu to understand the BOL and its prospects for peace and development.

The group initially identified the “pulong-pulong” approach in the grassroots communities in order to penetrate at the purok level where the facilitators can discuss in detail the proposed measure which aims to put an end of conflict in southern Philippines.

“We plan to conduct information dissemination and public advocacy initiatives to campaign for YES votes in the areas of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF)-Misuari and areas controlled by Gov. Sakur Tan through community “Pulong-Pulong,” Benhar Usman, BCG president said.

He said they propose to engage the mid-level rank of the MNLF to be able to gain their support and acceptance of the Bangsamoro law. He added they plan to reach out far flung areas of the province.

Tan has filed a petition to the Supreme Court questioning the constitutionality of the BOL.

The BOL is the product of more than 17 years of peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

In 2014, the two parties signed the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, a peace deal which provides the creation of Bangsamoro autonomous political entity with more fiscal and political powers.