79% of Muslims in favor of Bangsamoro Organic Law â SWS
A policeman carries a ballot box at a voting precinct in Cotabato on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on January 21, 2019, during a vote on giving the nation's Muslim minority greater control over the region. A decades-long push to halt the violence that has claimed some 150,000 lives in the southern Philippines culminated on January 21 with a vote on giving the nation's Muslim minority greater control over the region.
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79% of Muslims in favor of Bangsamoro Organic Law — SWS

Patricia Lourdes Viray (Philstar.com) - January 22, 2019 - 9:58pm

MANILA, Philippines — Majority of Muslims nationwide are in favor of the approval of the proposed Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), according to the latest Social Weather Stations survey.

The poll released Monday night found that 79 percent of Muslims in the Philippines are in favor of the BOL, with 67 percent saying they definitely want it while 12 percent said they somewhat want it. 

Among the Muslim respondents, 14 percent were undecided, 4 percent said they don't want the proposal while 3 percent said they definitely don't want it. This garners a net approval score of +72 among Filipino Muslims.

In other religions, the net approval of the BOL was +15 among Iglesia ni Cristos, +10 among Catholics and +9 among other Christians.

The survey also found that 78 percent of Muslims know about the BOL, with 10 percent having extensive knowledge, 35 percent have partial but sufficient knowledge and 33 percent have only a little knowledge.

Among other religions, 65 percent of Catholics, 61 percent of Iglesia ni Cristos and 61 percent of other Christians said they have a little knowledge about the proposal.

Those who have partial but sufficient knowledge about the BOL were highest among Muslims with 45 percent.

Majority of Muslims also believe that the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is capable of governing the proposed Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). About 76 percent of Muslims said the MILF is capable of governing the BARMM, consisting of 56 percent saying they are definitely capable and 21 percent said somewhat capable.

Mindanao as a whole

In Mindanao alone, 27 percent of adults said they definitely want the BOL, 14 percent somewhat want it, 9 percent somewhat don't want it and 22 percent definitely don't want it.

A plurality of 28 percent remain undecided on the BOL, the balance of opinion leaning towards approval with a +9 net approval.

In Visayas, net approval was at +17 while it was +16 and + 13 in balance Luzon and Metro Manila, respectively.

Among adults in Mindanao, 63 percent have knowledge about the BOL while the remaining 22 percent said they have almost none or no knowledge about it.

The poll also showed that net approval was higher among those who have sufficient about the BOL with a rating of +43 compared to those with only a little knowledge at +17 and -9 among those with almost no knowledge about the proposal.

The survey was released after the plebiscite Mindanao but it was conducted from December 16 to 19, 2018 with separate samples from Metro Manila, balance Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The poll was conducted among 1,440 adults using face-to-face interviews with sampling error margins of ±2.6 percent for national percentages, and ±5 percent each for regional percentages.

For centuries, the Bangsamoro people have been fighting for their right to self-determination. The right to self-determination means the collective right of people to determine its own future, including the right to determine their political status and to freely pursue its economic, social, spiritual and cultural development.

As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: January 16, 2021 - 5:55pm

The last Plebiscite Committee leaves the distribution center in Buluan, Maguindanao for Tamontaka in Cotabato City a little past 6 a.m. on Monday as the first day of the plebiscite on the Bangsamoro Organic Law starts on Monday, January 21.

Commission on Elections spokesman James Jimenez said over the weekend that as high as 75 percent of the more than two million voters from Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), as well as the cities of Isabela in Basilan and Cotabato in Maguindanao are expected to go out and cast their votes.

A second plebiscite day is set for February 6 for areas in North Cotabato and Lanao del Norte.

January 16, 2021 - 5:55pm

The police and military are cooperating in locating farmer Jimben Sinaya, owner of the 13,000 marijuana plants anti-narcotics agents uprooted Thursday in Tampakan town, South Cotabato.

Col. Jemuel Siason, director of the South Cotabato provincial police, says barangay officials in Tampakan have confirmed that Sinaya owned the marijuana farm.

The marijuana uprooting operation in Barangay Danlag in Tampakan was a joint initiative of his office and the PDEA-12, according to Siason. — The STAR/John Unson

January 2, 2021 - 11:00am

Officials appeal to members of the New People’s Army to return to the fold of law while there is time yet.

Local executives in central Mindanao placed at no fewer than 40 the number of NPAs killed in clashes with units of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division in Sultan Kudarat, South Cotabato, North Cotabato and Sarangani provinces from between July to December 2019. 

— The STAR/John Unson

December 25, 2020 - 12:53pm

A security military commander says an Abu Sayyaf member, who was involved in the kidnapping of 21 tourists from Malaysia 20 years ago, surrendered voluntarily to the marines in Tawi-Tawi.

Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr., commander of Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom), says Barri Lakibol, also known for his aliases "Barley Badeng", "Otoh Itom" and "Robin", 44, a native of Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, yielded Wednesday afternoon with his M14 rifle to the Marine Battalion Landing Team 12 headquarters in Barangay Nalil in the same town.

Vinluan says the surrender of Lakibol was only made public Friday as he was placed under tactical debriefing for information that may lead to his other possible companions. — The STAR/Roel Pareño

December 12, 2020 - 5:36pm

A security official says two terror group mid-level leaders, including a trusted henchman of senior Abu Sayyaf leader Radullan Sahiron and 13 of their followers surrendered to the military forces in Sulu province.

The two leaders were identified as Alvin Yusop alias "Arab Puti", a trustee of Sahiron and Barahim Nurjahar, who is under the late senior Abu Sayyaf leader and regional Islamic State of Iraq and Syria emir Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan.

Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr., commander of Western Mindanao Command, says the two sub-leaders and their 13 followers surrendered to the troops of the 1101st and 1102nd Birgades with their firearms. — The STAR/Roel Pareño

December 10, 2020 - 11:26am

The military foiled Wednesday an attempt by seven members of a local terror group to smuggle rifles and components for improvised explosives to somewhere along the Cotabato-Isulan Highway.

Maj.Gen. Juvymax Uy, commander of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, said Thursday the seven members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters whom soldiers intercepted in Barangay Tuayan in Datu Hoffer, Maguindanao had been turned over to the provincial police for detention and prosecution.

“According to reports reaching my office, they introduced themselves as members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front but failed to prove their claims so they were turned over to the police,” Uy said. — The STAR/John Unson

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