Po­lice, AFP tapped to se­cure Bangsamoro law plebiscite, 2019 polls

Sun.Star Baguio - - The Nation - SunStar Philip­pines/Ruth Abbey Gita

PRES­I­DENT Ro­drigo Duterte has signed two mem­o­randa, di­rect­ing gov­ern­ment law en­force­ment agen­cies, in­clud­ing the po­lice and mil­i­tary forces, to en­sure a peace­ful and or­derly con­duct of plebiscite for the rat­i­fi­ca­tion of Bangsamoro Or­ganic Law (BOL) and the 2019 midterm elec­tions.

In Me­moran­dum Or­der (MO) 34, Duterte con­curred with the Com­mis­sion on Elec­tion (Com­elec) to dep­u­tize the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philip­pines (AFP) for the plebiscite for the cre­ation of Bangsamoro Au­tonomous Re­gion that will be held on Jan­uary 21.

Repub­lic Act (RA) 11054, oth­er­wise known as BOL, cre­ates the Bangsamoro Au­tonomous Re­gion in Mus­lim Min­danao (Barmm), in place of the Au­tonomous Re­gion in Mus­lim Min­danao (Armm).

The Moro law overhauls the cur­rent au­ton­omy set-up in Min­danao, grant­ing the new Bangsamoro re­gion greater and wider con­trol over re­sources and po­lit­i­cal power.

The Barmm, ac­cord­ing to RA 11054, is com­posed of Taw­iTawi, Sulu, Basi­lan, Maguin­danao, Lanao del Sur, six mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Lanao del Norte, 39 vil­lages of North Cota­bato, and char­tered cities of Cota­bato and Is­abela.

To le­gal­ize the cre­ation of Barmm, a plebiscite is nec­es­sary.

Mean­time, Duterte inked MO 35, which pro­vided the con­cur­rent with Com­elec Res­o­lu­tion 10462, deput­ing the mil­i­tary and law en­force­ment agen­cies and gov­ern­ment in­stru­men­tal­i­ties, to en­sure "free, or­derly, hon­est, peace­ful, and cred­i­ble" lo­cal and na­tional elec­tions on May 13, 2019.

Un­der Sec­tion 2(4), Ar­ti­cle 9-C of the 1987 Con­sti­tu­tion, the Pres­i­dent needs to con­cur with Com­elec in tap­ping the AFP and PNP dur­ing the con­duct of elec­tions in the coun­try.

"The fore­go­ing law en­force­ment agen­cies and other con­cerned agen­cies are hereby di­rected to co­or­di­nate and co­op­er­ate with the Com­elec in the per­for­mance of their du­ties and func­tions," MO 35 read.

MO 34 and 35, both signed on De­cem­ber 28, should take ef­fect "im­me­di­ately."

Palace re­leased a copy of the two mem­o­randa just on Fri­day, Jan­uary 11.

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