Nur, Duterte meet again

August 26, 2019
Nur Misuari

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari met for the fourth time this year.

Duterte’s former top aide and Senator Christopher “Bong” Go said the meeting took place in Davao City over the weekend.

Malacañang has yet to release details of the meeting which was also attended by Go and Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Carlito Galvez Jr.

Go said follow-up meetings may be held in the future.

Duterte and Misuari previously met in Malacañang on February 25, March 19 and July 9.

The Duterte administration is exploring the possibility of creating a regional government for areas under the influence of MNLF.

Galvez said in a news conference on August 20 that they have received guidance from the President to look into the matter.

The Cabinet official admitted that Sulu, Misuari’s turf, has been a “geographical” challenge for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, whose key leaders included officials of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, a rival rebel group of the MNLF.

Sulu rejected the Bangsamoro Organic Law, which was questioned before the Supreme Court by Sulu Vice Governor Abdusakur Tan II in a petition he filed in October last year. Tan alleged that the law compels Sulu to be part of the Bangsamoro region even if it voted for exclusion.