It must come as a welcome news to its residents that the Commission on Elections has placed the entire Mindanao under category red until after the May 13 elections.
As a Mindanaoan, I interpret the Comelec’s move as a sign that it places great importance on the conduct of a clean, orderly and peaceful polls in the South that shall reflect the true will of the people—in other words, credible elections.
We must not lose the momentum of change in the wake of the triumphant ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law in our quest for lasting peace and progress for the Promised Land.
We’re aware that hot spots in Mindanao have been the scene of massive cheating in the past, resulting in fraudulent election of undeserving national and local officials.
In fact, the engineered votes in those areas have played a vital role in catapulting to office the idiots in Malacañang in the past two administrations.
Under the category red, the Comelec en Banc essentially excercises a “hands on” supervision of the areas and can immediately address any poll-related eventuality, including deploying police personnel or Armed Forces troops.
Armed groups poising threat include the New People’s Army, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, Moro National Liberation Front, Abu Sayyaf, and Maute groups, followers of the terrorist Islamic State movement.
Just as the imposition of martial law serves as a deterrent in keeping peace, placing Mindanao under Comelec category red will enhance the conduct of the upcoming political exercise.