Catamco denies she is against BOL

Cotabato City– Rep. Nancy Catamco of the 2nd District of North Cotabato on Monday denied she was against the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL). Catamco belongs to the Manobo tribe.

COMELEC will conduct the second part the region's plebiscite tomorrow for voters in the 7 municipalities of North Cotabato.

Catamco made the statement after she was told there were speculations that she was blocking the BOL. She said contrary to what was being spread, she was for the BOL and proof was her actively participating in its passage in Congress, a report by Rappler said yesterday.

According to Catamco, the passage of the BOL would bring peace and development to lumad communities.

“It is high time that we achieve peace and order and development in our communities through supporting the BOL. I am for Peace. Yes for BOL on February 6, 2019,” she said, as quoted by Rappler in its report.

 She urged her fellow lumad to rally behind the BOL's ratification.

Catamco said the BOL and the eventual establishment of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region will “in no way diminish the rights and privileges granted to indigenous peoples by virtue of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights, and other laws pertaining to indigenous peoples in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region." It will not diminish the rights and benefits of the non-Moro indigenous peoples in Bangsamoro Autonomous Region,” she added. Catamco said she also believed that under the BARMM, the rights and privileges of the lumad would continue to be respected.

The first of the two days of referendum set for the ratification of the BOL was held January 21. In that plebiscite, majority of the voters from the existing Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) chose to approve the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) or Republic Act 11054 creating a new Bangsamoro region.(Source: Rappler)