Misuari struck by allergy: spokesman
MANILA – A spokesperson of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) chairman Nur Misuari on Thursday belied claims that the leader is seriously ill.
"Masyado siyang malakas… Tsismis iyan, allergy lang iyon sa mukha," Misuari spokesperson Emmanuel Fontanilla told dzMM.
Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin earlier said Misuari is seriously ill but did not provide other details.
Misuari's men are currently engaged in a standoff with government forces in Zamboanga City after he declared independence for Mindanao, Palawan and parts of Malaysia.
The declaration of independence was triggered by what the group believes is the government's abandonment of tripartite review of the 1996 final peace agreement in favor of holding peace talks with an MNLF breakaway group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
At least 13,000 people have already fled their homes as the fighting continues.