THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (AFP) to ensure that the upcoming plebiscite for the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) Ratification will be peaceful.
Present during the MoA signing were Comelec Comissioner Al A. Parreno, AFP Chief-of-Staff Lieutenant General Benjamin Madrigal Jr., and PNP chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde.
Mr. Parreno said that the partnership is timely not only because of the upcoming BOL Plebiscite but also the upcoming midterm elections in May.
“In the future there will be many challenges ahead of us. First of which is the plebiscite which will happen on Jan. 21, 2019 and another plebiscite which will happen in Feb. 6 which is still part of the Bangsamoro plebiscite. The three agencies will be working together and then we will have the national and local elections,” the Comelec Commissioner stressed.
For his part, Mr. Albayalde said that the PNP will do their best to safeguard the people during the elections.
“For the part of the Philippine National Police, we can only ensure the that the Bangsamoro Organic Law Plebiscite and the national and local elections will be peaceful and safe,” he said. — G.M. Cortez