8 more ar­eas to take part in BOL plebiscite

Sun.Star Pampanga - - NATION! -

EIGHT more ar­eas will par­tic­i­pate in the forth­com­ing plebiscite for the rat­i­fi­ca­tion of the Bangsamoro Or­ganic Law (BOL), bring­ing the fi­nal list of in­clu­sions to 28.

This after the Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions (Com­elec) ap­proved their re­spec­tive pe­ti­tions for vol­un­tary in­clu­sion in the ref­er­en­dum for the cre­ation of the Bangsamoro Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion in Mus­lim Min­danao (BARMM).

The eight ar­eas are Barangays Pa­malian and Fort Pikit in Pikit; Barangay Gal­i­dan in Tu­lu­nan; Barangay Tum­bras in Mid­sayap; and Barangays Ped­tad, Bu­luan, Si­mone, and Tamped in Kaba­can.

All newly-ap­proved ar­eas are in Cota­bato provi nce.

“We have al­ready de­cided on all 103 pe­ti­tions for vol­un­tary in­clu­sion. And our fi­nal list of in­clu­sions has 28 ap­proved,” said Com­elec Spokesper­son James Jimenez in a me­dia brief­ing.

Ear­lier, the Com­elec al­ready an­nounced the ap­proval of 20 ar­eas, all of which are also in Cota­bato, in the Bangsamoro plebiscite.

These are Barangays Li­bun­gan Tor­reta, Up­per Pan­gankalan, Datu Man­til, and Sim­si­man in Pig­c­awayan; Barangay Pa­gan­gan in Aleosan; and Barangays Lan­gogan, Pebpoloan, Kibayao, Ko­tu­laan, and Tupig in Car­men.

Also ap­proved were Barangays Ra­jah­muda, Barungis, Gli-gli, Nala­paan, Palicu­pan, Nun­guan, Manaulanan, Bu­lol, Bualan, and Nabun­das, all in Pikit.

Jimenez said the 75 other ap­pli­ca­tions were thumbed down by the com­mis­sion en banc.

“Those that were not in­cluded were be­cause of fail­ure to meet the re­quire­ments, in­clud­ing whether or not they are ac­tu­ally con­tigu­ous ar­eas. In some cases, they just ab­so­lutely had no con­tigu­ous bor­der with ex­ist­ing ter­ri­to­ries. So those had to be de­nied,” said the poll of­fi­cial.

“In some cases, the pe­ti­tions had none of the re­quire­ments at all. They just amounted to es­sen­tially an ex­pres­sion of their in­tent to par­tic­i­pate in the plebiscite but they did not sub­mit any re­quire­ments. So they were ob­vi­ously de­nied also,” added Jimenez.

To re­call, the Bangsamoro plebiscite is set to be held on Jan­uary 21 and Fe­bru­ary 6. (HDT/ Sun­Star Philip­pines)

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