Tutulungan ang Comelec! Duterte OKs deployment of troops for Bangsamoro plebiscite

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President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered to deputize the military, police and other law enforcement agencies for the plebiscite to ratify the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) later this month in some areas in Mindanao.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, by the authority of the President, issued Memorandum Order No. 34 on December 28, 2018, concurring the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Resolution No. 10454, deputizing the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Philippine National Police (PNP), and other law enforcement agencies and instrumentalities of the government in connection with the January 21 plebiscite.

“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,” the Order read.

Under Section 2 (4), Article IX-C of the Constitution, the Comelec is empowered to deputize, with the concurrence of the President, law enforcement agencies and instrumentalities of the government, including the AFP, for the exclusive purpose of ensuring free, orderly, honest, peaceful, and credible elections.

The plebiscite for the ratification of Republic Act No. 11054, otherwise known as the “Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM),” will be held in ARMM areas, Cotabato City, Isabela City, six towns in Lanao del Norte and 39 barangays in North Cotabato. #