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MPOS starts campaign vs. ERV in Bangsamoro region

COTABATO CITY – The Ministry of Public Order and Safety (MPOS) held community-based advocacy against election-related violence (ERV) in Cotabato City on Monday, March 28.
The activity aimed to unify and strengthen coordination and cooperation among government agencies and barangay officials to promote and uphold the policy of free, orderly, honest, peaceful, and credible conduct of May 9, 2022 national and local elections.

MPOS Minister Hussein Muñoz stressed that “it is the policy of the Bangsamoro Government to promote unity, peace, justice and goodwill among its constituents.” 

“We have been hoping to experience a peaceful and safe election in (the) BARMM (Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) through our unified efforts as agencies of the government committed to delivering the expectations of the people to whom our services are dedicated,” Muñoz said.

Lawyer Al-Rashid Balt, the MPOS Director-General, said “Cotabato City is the capital of the Bangsamoro Region. Therefore, we must make it a model in terms of the peaceful and orderly election.”

Sheikh Habib Usman, of the resource speakers, said in the casting of votes, “Islamic values are strictly observed, based on qualifications, competency, and integrity of candidates.”

Among those who supported the activity were Cotabato City Election Officer Norfaisa Paglala Manduyog; Joint Task Force Kutawato Commander Col. Jose Ambrocio Rustia; Usman, who represented the Hay-atul Ulama of the Philippines; Cotabato City Schools Division Superintendent, and representatives of the barangays in the city.