‘Wag puro daldal! Palace dares Cotabato mayor to file raps over BOL plebiscite results

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By Prince Golez

Mayor Frances Cynthia Sayadi should sue those who she believes conspired with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to ensure the victory of “yes” votes in the January 21 plebiscite for the ratification of the Bangsamoro organic Law in Cotabato City, said Malacanang.

“Our comment would be, if she has evidence to back up her claim, then file the appropriate charges against whosoever she felt has violated eleciton laws,” spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a media briefing on Monday.

“Precisely, you have to file your case in the appropriate administrative bodies,” added Panelo.

On Sunday, Sayadi claimed that government officials, the military and election officials conspired with the MILF to secure a majority win in Cotabato City.

The presence of armed MILF men discouraged registered voters from exercising their constitutional right to vote, she added.

Despite the strong opposition by Sayadi, a total of 36,682 “yes” votes for inclusion in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and 24,994 “no” votes were recorded in Cotabato.