The provincial government of Sulu led by Governor Abudusakur Tan has spearheaded a rally to oppose the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) and pushed for federalism instead.
The local government described the rally held Monday, January 7, at Jolo downtown as the “biggest rally” so far.
“People from nearby municipalities came down to Jolo on their own and they brought their own potable water and no packed lunch were provided unlike the ProBOL held a few days earlier where styros and bottle containers where scattered along the streets of Jolo,” it said.
The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), along with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), proponent of BOL, held recently a gathering in Jolo days before the holding of a plebiscite on
Republic Act No. 11054, otherwise known as the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
Tan and other local officials told the people that federalism is a “more viable option” for peace and development rather than the BOL.
Tan has filed a petition before the Supreme Court, questioning the constitutionality of the BOL. The high court has yet to act on the petition.
A plebiscite will be held on January 21 and February 21 for the ratification of the new law in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), including Sulu, and six towns in Lanao del Norte and 39 barangays in North Cotabato.