Almost all N. Cotabato villages to join Bangsamoro region

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 8) — Nearly all barangays (villages) in North Cotabato which took part in Wednesday's plebiscite will join the new Bangsamoro autonomous region, according to the provincial office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

In total, 63 out of the total 67 villages will form part of the new region.

Based on unofficial tally from the North Cotabato plebiscite board of canvassers, all barangays from the towns of Carmen, Kabacan, Midsayap, and Pigkawayan got double majority "yes" votes.

Two villages in Aleosan and 22 villages in Pikit will also be included in the new Bangsamoro.

However, Barangay Galidan-- the only village which petitioned for inclusion in Tulunan town-- failed to get enough "yes" votes.

Results from North Cotabato will then be transmitted to the National Plebiscite Board of Canvassers (NPBOC) at the Comelec headquarters in Manila. The NPBOC will determine the final and official tally for the historic Bangsamoro plebiscite.

Once results are declared final, the villages will form part of the soon-to-be-established Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), which will comprise the provinces in the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (except Isabela City, Basilan) as well as Cotabato City.

Meanwhile, the six towns in Lanao del Norte which also participated in Wednesday's plebiscite failed to get double majority of "yes" votes needed for them to break away and join the new autonomous region.

When the areas covered by the BARMM are established, President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to appoint members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority, which will include incumbent officials of the regional government.

CNN Philippines Correspondent Triciah Terada contributed to this report.