Palace tells Misuari to give peace a chance
MNLF founding chair calling for 'independence'?
MANILA - Malacañang again called on Nur Misuari to look beyond his self-interest amid reports that the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chair has again called for independence.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said intelligence agencies are still verifying if Misuari indeed made the call but again called on Misuari to give the peace process a chance.
Misuari also reportedly asked his forces to “surround and secure” military and government installations to prevent the government from “making any mischief.” He was quoted as calling the Republic of the Philippines as “unlawful colonizer” of the Bangsamoro homeland.
Lacierda said Misuari is being “misguided” if he considers the peace process as a form of mischief.
“With respect to the alleged declaration, our intelligence agencies are verifying that. With respect to ‘mischief,’ we’re very committed to the peace process. If that is mischief in his view, he’s certainly misguided. We are for peace in Muslim Mindanao. That’s the thrust of this administration: to ensure that there will be peace in Mindanao so that the peace dividends can flow to the people in Mindanao,” Lacierda said.
Lacierda urged the people of Mindanao to choose the path of peace.
“A number of MNLF commanders have already spoken in favor of the Bangsamoro framework agreement. A number of them support the peace process. Even Chairman Misuari has spoken in the past about his support for the peace process. If you are a person from Muslim Mindanao, you’re looking at the prospects of peace versus the ghost of war, you’d rather go to the prospect of peace—as a Mindanaoan who has seen decades and decades of conflict,” he said.
“Certainly, the people of Mindanao would know where to look at, what to favor. And that’s the same thing that we ask from Nur Misuari: not to look at his own personal interest. Look to the national interest or look to the interest of the people of Muslim Mindanao.”