Top security and Comelec officials established a monitoring center in Zamboanga City to keep abreast of the ongoing plebiscite on the Bangsamoro Organic Law today (January 21).
The monitoring team is headed by top military and police officials and heads of the Commission on Elections, including Lieutenant General Arnel Dela Vega, the commander of the Western Mindanao Command; Police Director Daniel Macatlang, Jr., the director of the Directorate for Integrated Police Operations-Western Mindanao; and Comelec Director Teofisto Elnas, Jr., the deputy head of the Bangsamoro Plebiscite.
The BOL plebiscite is held in the provinces of Maguindanao, Sulu, Basilan, Lanao del Sur, and Tawi-Tawi under the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao; in the provinces of Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato; and in the cities of Cotabato and Isabela.
More than 18,000 soldiers and policemen were deployed to secure the said areas.
At high noon today, Comelec Commissioner Antonio Kho, Jr. inspected the monitoring center stationed at the WestMinCom’s Command Operations Center in Camp Navarro, this city.
“Soldiers deployed to secure the plebiscite areas remain vigilant to preempt any attempts by spoilers to derail the ongoing plebiscite,” said Lieutenant General Arnel Dela Vega, the WestMinCom commander.
As of this posting, security officials keep track of the security situation in Bangsamoro plebiscite areas.