OIC Welcomes Southern Philippines Referendum Results

Jeddah, KSA-The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) welcomed the results of the referendum in the southern Philippines, which provides expanded autonomy for the region's Muslims in the framework of ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law. 

The Law is the culmination of decades of peace talks that resulted in signing the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Government of the Philippines in 2014.

Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, the OIC Secretary General, confirmed that the results of the referendum constitute a major step in the decades-long peace process in the southern Philippines.

In the same context, the OIC urges Moro's leadership to unite and renew their commitment to the consolidation of permanent peace in Bangsamoro.

British Embassy Statement on BOL Ratification

Meanwhile, a post by the British Embassy in Manila on January 28, 2019 says that, The United Kingdom wishes to congratulate the Philippine Government, the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, the Commission on Elections and all those involved in the 21 January plebiscite on the successful ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

The Ratification of the BOL presents a truly historic opportunity for lasting peace and prosperity in Mindanao. The UK has directly supported the Peace Process for many years, and stands ready to continue this support during the creation of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao, said the British Embassy.