Gov't should have taken Misuari seriously: analyst
MANILA -- The government erred in shrugging off Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Chairman Nur Misuari's earlier declaration of independence, a political analyst said on Tuesday.
In an interview with ABS-CBN's "Umagang Kay Ganda," Prof. Clarita Carlos, former president of the National Defense College of the Philippines, said Misuari's group is clearly seeking attention given their recent actions in Zamboanga City.
"Yung pagkukulang would be...error in judgment siguro. Hindi masyadong nabasa, parang hindi sineryoso yung mga articulations ni Nur na talagang kitang-kita na nanghihingi ng attention sa mga sinasabi niyang parts ng 1996 agreement na di pa naiimplement," she said.
Carlos believes government should have consulted Misuari's group in forging the Bangsamoro framework agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
She also cautioned that though Misuari's group is small, it can still spoil the peace negotiations.
"Now that we have the benefit of hindsight, isinama dapat sa usapan si Nur. Ang sinasabi nila isinama nga nila pero ako I'm also paying attention to the psychological factors. Remember before governor yan si Nur, political leader siya. Dapat sinasama siya sa mga usapan lalo na mag-coconlude na itong isang negotiation," she said.
"After all yung magiging peace agreement talks of only one Bangsamoro, hindi several Bangsamoro. So if I were they and talagang gusto nila ng katahimikan and magkaroon ng economic development diyan...ay let them extent the hand to everybody including Nur Misuari," Carlos added.