Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman has reassured the public of his willingness to step down once the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) is ratified.
Hataman joined Monday, December 10, officials from the national government and leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), other faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), and other BOL stakeholders during the historic launch of the campaign to ratify the new law that will pave the way for the creation of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
BARMM will replace the existing ARMM.
“Once na ma-ratify ang BOL, personal at boluntaryo akong bababa sa aking pwesto upang bigyang daan ang mga kapatid natin sa Bangsamoro Transitional Authority (BTA) na pamunuan at gawin ang mga nararapat para sa Bangsamoro,” he said.
The BTA is led by the MILF, which forged the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) in 2014 to end the decades-old war in Mindanao.
A plebiscite will be held on January 21 next year for the BOL.
Hataman acknowledged the challenges that would be faced in encouraging the people to ratify the new law.
“Kayo ang makapangyarihan sa January 21, hindi mabubuo ang BOL kung wala kayo. Pero ang challenge sa atin ngayon, paano natin ipapaliwanag sa ibang hindi nakakaunawa ang kahalagahan ng BOL,” he said.
The plebiscite seeks to formally create the BARMM, comprising of areas under ARMM’s existing jurisdiction, as well as affirm or reject the inclusion in the new region of the cities of Cotabato (Maguindanao) and Isabela (Basilan) as well as six towns in Lanao del Norte and 39 barangays in North Cotabato.