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Zubiri thanks Supreme Court for not granting TRO against BOL

Senate Majority Leader Migz Zubiri on Wednesday expressed his gratitude to the Supreme Court for not issuing a temporary restraining order against upcoming plebiscites in Mindanao to determine the fate of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

The Supreme Court is hearing two petitions questioning the constitutionality of the BOL, which will create a new region for the Bangsamoro to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Two dates have been set for the plebiscite among residents of Mindanao: January 21 and February 6.

“I laud and thank the Supreme Court on their decision not to grant a TRO on the plebiscite for the Bangsamoro Organic Law,” Zubiri said in a statement.

“This will now pave the way for a smooth and orderly plebiscite that I believe will usher in the peace and prosperity that we sorely need in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao,” he said.

“I, together with my colleagues in the Senate and the House Of Representatives which voted almost unanimously for its approval, believe in the BOL’s constitutionality as provided for under Article 10 section 18 of our Constitution and after almost a year of consultations and deliberations on the constitutionality of the measure,” he added.

Zubiri appealed to the SC justices “to hopefully be liberal in their discussions on the BOL and to consider the measure as an instrument of Peace for our Muslim brothers and sisters.”

“We appeal as well to all parties including those who opposed the measure to give this Organic Law a chance to uplift the lives of our Muslim Brothers and Sisters after decades-long fighting and the deaths of close to a hundred thousand people due to the never-ending conflicts with government and the secessionist groups,” he said.

“Peace and prosperity in Mindanao can only mean one thing and that is Peace and Prosperity for the whole Nation,” Zubiri said.

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