GOVERNOR Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) announced that he will spearhead a “Yes” campaign for the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).
Hataman made the announcement as he urged the opposition, whom he described as desperate, not to disseminate wrong information and mislead the people.
Hataman said the campaign will include the conduct of forums “to provide the right information to the people for them to decide” whether to vote yes or no during the plebiscite for the ratification of the BOL.
“I urged them not to misinform the public and to create animosity between the Christians and the Muslims. It is not the right thing to do,” Hataman said.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has scheduled the conduct of the plebiscites for the ratification of the BOL on January 21 and February 6, 2019.
The January 21 plebiscite will cover the areas comprising the Armm as well as Isabela City in Basilan and Cotabato City.
The February 6 plebisicte will be for Lanao del Norte, except Iligan City, and the municipalities of Aleosan, Carmen, Kabacan, Midsayap, Pikit, and Pigkawayan in the province of North Cotabato.
It will also include all other areas contiguous to any of the Bangsamoro core areas, where either the local government of such area, by way of a resolution, or at least 10 percent of the registered voters in a local government unit, by way of a petition, asked for inclusion in the plebiscite.
Hataman said among the issues that the opposition used to mislead and misinform the people is that fiesta celebration and raising of hogs will be already prohibited once the BOL is ratified.
He said Lamitan City and the town of Wao in Lanao del Sur have been freely celebrating their town fiesta since they became part of Armm.
The town fiesta of Lamitan City is known as Lami-Lamihan Festival every June while Wao has the Kariyala Festival every February.
“My answer is simple if they will ask me. Do you think the senators and congressmen, who legislated the law (BOL) will allow it to prohibit their fellow Christians within Armm to celebrate fiesta?” Hataman said.
“We cannot do anything if the people will still vote against the BOL even though we have provided them the right information. At least we have done our obligation to rightfully inform them,” he said.