Palace: Let SC decide on Bangsamoro plebiscite
By Prince Golez
Malacanang is leaving it up to Supreme Court to decide on the legality of the recently concluded plebiscite for the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).
Cotabato City Mayor Cynthia Guiani Sayadi on Monday said her legal team was considering the filing of a petition before the Supreme Court to delare the Janaury 21 and February 6 plebiscites null and void.
“[R]emember that there is still a pending petition before the Supreme Court questioning the constitutionality of the BOL, di ba. If the Supreme Court, for instance, decides that it’s unconstitutional, o di moot and academic lahat na iyon, ma-i-invalidate pati iyong plebiscite,” spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a media briefing on Tuesday.
“On the other hand, I’m sure the petitioners will argue that since there has been ratification by the people, then that cured the unconstitutionality. Depende sa Supreme Court kung anong basa nila,” he added.
Sayadi earlier claimed that government and military officials conspired with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to ensure that Cotabato City voted “yes” to inclusion in Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.