Priest sees peace­ful Bangsamoro plebiscite

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THE Catholic priest who was taken hostage by Is­lamic State-in­spired Maute ter­ror­ists in 2017 said he was op­ti­mistic that the plebiscite for the Bangsamoro Or­ganic Law (BOL) would be peace­ful.

Rev. Fa­ther Tere­sito “Chito” Suganob said ed­u­cat­ing vot­ers would strengthen and pro­tect the re­sult of the plebiscite from groups that do not seek peace in Min­danao.

He said vot­ers should be prop­erly be in­formed on the con­se­quences of a “Yes” or “No” vote dur­ing the plebiscite, which would de­ter­mine the com­po­si­tion of the new Bangsamoro Au­tonomous Re­gion in Mus­lim Min­danao.

“I am pray­ing for the suc­cess of the Bangsamoro Or­ganic Law be­cause ev­ery­body is af­fected what­ever the out­come. If this turns out suc­cess-

in Min­danao,” he said.

Suganob is the chair­man of Pakig­dait Inc., one of the civil so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tions in Lanao del Norte that help ed­u­cate vot­ers on the BOL pro­vi­sions.

The Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions is set to hold the plebiscite in the Au­tonomous Re­gion in Mus­lim Min­danao on Jan­uary 21. The plebiscite in other ar­eas will be on Fe­bru­ary 6.

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