Due to 3 barangays’ petitions BOL plebiscite may be held in Zambo- Lobregat PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 November 2018 14:55

A plebiscite on the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) may be held in Zamboanga City as an offshoot of petitions filed by three barangays to join the Bangsamoro territory.

First District Congressman Celso Lobregat said that this is a big possiblity following a confirmation that  petitions have been filed with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) by representatives from three barangays for their respective areas to join the Bangsamoro territory.

The congressman is referring to the barangays of Landang Gua, Tumalutab and Busay whose captains reportedly filed petitions to join the Bangsamoro territory.  The three village chiefs have denied filing the petitions during a council committee hearing held yesterday.

Atty. Stephen Roy Cañete, Commission on Elections District 1 Election Officer, said that a plebiscite will be conducted in the city in case the petitions filed on behalf of the barangays are approved.

Cañete said that a plebiscite will initially be held in the three barangays to ask the residents if they are in favor of joining the new Bangsamoro territory.

A second plebiscite will then be conducted among residents of Zamboanga to ask them if they will allow the three barangays to join the Bangsamoro territory.

Lobregat said that they cannot stop the barangays from filing their petitions but said that they will campaign hard against the inclusion of any barangay in the Bangsamoro territory.  (RGAAGo)