Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar on Sunday said he is optimistic that voters will ratify the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) in the upcoming plebiscite.
In an interview aired on Super Radyo dzBB on Sunday, Andanar said voters are widely expected to ratify the BOL which replaces the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
“I’m very optimistic na ito ay iboboto ng ating mga kapatid na Muslim at ilang mga lugar na mayroong bobotong mga Kristiyano diyan po sa Mindanao,” he said.
The BOL replaces the ARMM with a Bangsamoro Autonomous Region governed by the Bangsamoro Parliament elected by the Bangsamoro Region’s inhabitants.
In addition, the BOL also grants the Bangsamoro Region five percent of the net national internal revenue collection of the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Bureau of Customs as block grant, on top of at least P5 billion worth of Special Development Fund for the Bangsamoro Region every year for the next 10 years, starting 2019.
At least 2.8 million voters are expected to cast their votes in the plebiscite based on Comelec records.
According to Andanar, the BOL is also supported by several other countries such as Japan and Australia.
“Nandiyan po iyong bansang Japan at sumusuporta iyong bansang Australia at mga ilang bansa sa Europa ang sumusuporta rin po sa Bangsamoro Organic Law – even China sumusuporta rin,” he said.
“Sila ay nagpapadala ng kanilang tulong, kanilang ayuda para sa development ng Mindanao. Ang Mindanao naman talaga ay isa sa mga prayoridad ng iba’t ibang bansa para maging successful at magkaroon na rin ng pang matagalan o pang habang buhay na kapayapaan,” he added. — Jon Viktor D. Cabuenas/BM, GMA News