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‘Di kinalimutan: Duterte thanks Koko, Alvarez for help in passing Bangsamoro Law

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Despite the delay in the signing of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), President Rodrigo Duterte still recognized the role his allies, Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III and Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez, played in its passage before they lost their leadership posts.

Duterte mentioned the names of Pimentel, the former Senate President, and Alvarez, the erstwhile House Speaker, during the ceremonial signing of the BOL Monday (August 7).

“I thank former Senate President Pimentel and former Speaker Alvarez, as well as Senate President Sotto and Speaker Arroyo for supporting my administration’s legislative agenda,” the President said.

“Indeed, the passage of these laws speak well of their able leadership and firm resolve to rise above divisive partisan politics,” Duterte added.

However, only Pimentel attended the event, while Alvarez was nowhere to be found.
The President also expressed gratitude to the members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, and the Moro National Liberation Front for their unwavering commitment, determination, and perseverance in pursuing the passage of the Bangsamoro Organic Law.

“May this serve as the final trajectory for the attainment of genuine peace, stability, [and] good governance in Muslim Mindanao,” he said.

Duterte appealed to Bangsamoro brothers and sisters, as well as the indigenous communities and Christian settlers living within the Bangsamoro areas, to actively participate in constructive discussions about the law for its eventual approval.

“But more importantly, I encourage you to take part in the upcoming plebiscite so that you may express your sovereign will through the ballot,” he said.