LOCAL STATEMENT ON THE CONDUCT AND OUTCOME OF THE PLEBISCITE FOR THE RATIFICATION OF THE BANGSAMORO ORGANIC LAW HELD ON 21 JANUARY 2019
The European Union Delegation issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in the Philippines:
The EU Delegation wishes to congratulate the Philippine Government, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Commission on Elections for the generally peaceful conduct of the Bangsamoro Organic Law plebiscite on 21 January 2019 before the second phase to be held on 6 February 2019.
The creation of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao is a significant milestone in the history of the Philippines. The European Union has been a staunch supporter of the Mindanao Peace Process throughout the years, expressing its political support, encouraging all sides to pursue a peaceful solution and providing substantial financial support for the process.
The EU is prepared to continue to support the implementation of the Bangsamoro Organic Law and to work closely with the relevant stakeholders towards long-lasting peace, development and prosperity for the benefit of Mindanao and the Filipino people.