Result of North Cotabato plebiscite was a landslide in favor of BARMM- Sinarimbo

Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao-Sixty-three (63) villages in North Cotabato is set to join the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) after the yes vote won overwhelmingly in 7 municipalities in the just-concluded plebiscite.

Only four (4) of the villages whose petitions were approved by COMELEC where the yes vote failed to muster majority votes. 

The four barangays that did not make it to the BARMM were Galidan in Tulunan town, Balatican in Pikit and Pagangan and Lower Mingading in Aleosan said North Cotabato Board Member Kelie Antao.

Antao campaigned hard for the Yes vote throughout the campaign period.

Results of the canvassing of the municipal plebiscite results were slated to be flown to Manila Friday for submission to the National Plebiscite Board of Canvassers, which shall officially declare the results, according to a report by Inquirer Mindanao.

Lawyer Naguib Sinarimbo, Secretary General of the United Bangsamoro Justice Party, the political party of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), said the result of the plebiscite in North Cotabato was a landslide in favor of the BARMM.

Sinarimbo thanked North Cotabato leaders, headed by Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza, for backing the Bangsamoro Organic Law, which was ratified by a majority of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao during the first plebiscite on January 21, the Inquirer Mindanao also said.

Inquirer Mindanao said that based on the results from the municipal Plebiscite Board of Canvassers for Wednesday’s plebiscite, 22 villages in Pikit will become part of BARMM; 13 villages in Midsayap; 12 in Pigcawayan; seven in Carmen; seven in Kabacan; and two in Aleosan. 

Sinarimbo said the poll outcome would pave the way for long-term stability in North Cotabato, a province affected by the Moro rebellion. (Source: Inquirer Mindanao)