The Plebiscite

A ballot on the creation of the Bangsamoro

The Bangsamoro creation plebiscite is an upcoming plebiscite on the creation and scope of the autonomous Bangsamoro political entity which is set to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. The expected vote is part of the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro signed in March 2014. The plebiscite is scheduled to be held as early as 2015 before the 2016 Philippine general elections.

What is the geographical coverage of the Bangsamoro?

The geographical scope of the Bangsamoro shall be determined through the plebiscite that will be held after Congress passes the Bangsamoro Basic Law. The people will decide whether they will join the Bangsamoro or not.  

The plebiscite will be held in the envisioned core territory of the Bangsamoro, namely, the current ARMM provinces and Marawi City; the cities of Cotabato and Isabela; the six municipalities in Lanao del Norte that voted for inclusion in the ARMM in the 2001 plebiscite (Baloi, Munai, Pantar, Nunungan, Tagaloan, Tangkal); and the 39 barangays in six municipalities of North Cotabato province that likewise voted for inclusion in 2001 (Labacan, Carmen, Aleosan, Pigkawaya, Pikit and Midsayap).

All other contiguous areas where there is a resolution of the local government unit or a petition of at least 10 percent of the qualified voters in the area may ask for their inclusion in the plebiscite, at least two months prior to its conduct, for the ratification of the Bangsamoro Basic Law and the process of delimitation of the Bangsamoro.

What will happen if people reject the Bangsamoro entity in the plebiscite?

If it is not agreed upon by the people themselves to establish the Bangsamoro entity, then there will be no mandate. It will mean that there will be no Bangsamoro.