Palace mum on Misuari's declaration of independence
MANILA – Malacañang declined to comment further on Nur Misuari's declaration of independence, saying the elected officials of the areas being claimed by Misuari as part of his territory may want to give their comment on whether they support Misuari's call.
Valte stressed that the government is not abrogating its peace agreement with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and pointed out the MNLF commanders have expressed support for the government's peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
Quoting the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Valte said the military is prepared to respond to any incidents of violence.
"The AFP continues to hope for peace in Mindanao and… they continue to hope that the MNLF will continue to be supportive of the ongoing negotiations for the Bangsamoro. But, they also did say that in case there is violence, they will be ready to protect the citizens," Valte said.