AFP deploys troops for plebiscite

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has deployed at least 10,000 soldiers to help secure the upcoming plebiscite for the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BoL), according to military chief Lt. Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr.

The plebiscite on 21 January and 6 February will allow voters to decide on the ratification of BOL, which seeks to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said that it expects around 2.8 million voters to participate in the plebiscite.

“We already have troops on the ground, about 10,000 troops were already deployed and we also have follow-on forces if in case needed,” said Madrigal at the sidelines of New Year’s call at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.

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