Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri has expressed his joy after hearing the news that the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law for the creation of Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao received overwhelming affirmative votes.
“Today, with the overwhelming affirmative votes for the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law, we are finally seeing Mindanao shed its history of conflict and enter an age of peace and progress,” Zubiri said in his driveler speech delivered January 22.
He cited the latest partial and unofficial quick count of the Bangsamoro Free Election Movement (BFEM), a COMELEC accredited citizen’s arm in the conduct of the plebiscite for the BOL.
He said the Yes has garnered a total of 657,113 votes as compared to 49,304 of the No in the whole areas of ARMM. “The Yes votes is 93% of the total votes cast, while the No is a measly 7%. The voter turn-out is estimated conservatively at 70% which, if the data we gathered is correct, is the highest voter turn-out among the 1989, 2001 and 2019 plebiscites for the Organic Law in ARMM,” he added. “With the exception of Isabela City and Sulu Province, which current results show that the No votes has a very slim margin over the Yes votes, all other provinces and cities in the current ARMM have resoundingly voted Yes in the plebiscite. “
“The Bangsamoro Organic Law will put an end to the cycle of war and destruction that Muslim Mindanao has suffered for more than a hundred years,” he said.
“We want the whole of Mindanao, both Muslim and non-Muslim areas, to be in step with the rest of the Philippines and attain prosperity and liberties to the extent that they can implement their aspirations with the help of the National Government and within the bounds of our Constitution,” he explained.
“May we also dedicate this triumph also to the 120,000 Filipino soldiers, MILF and MNLF fighters, civilians and other victims who died during the more than four decades of war and conflict in Mindanao,” he added.