By: Elena Grace Flores
President Rodrigo Duterte firmly ordered that Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Chairman Nur Misuari will not be pursued nor detained anymore despite the still effective warrant for his arrest. Aside from Misuari, Duterte makes sure also that nothing bad can happen to Communist Party of the Philippines leader Jose Maria Sison.
Misuari and Sison, according to him, lead “a good number of Filipinos” pursuing an ideology. “They might not really be a big number but still, they command respect for what they believe in,” the President said. “They’re fighting because they want a better chance for the people. That’s what they believe,” he added.
The President said the 77-year-old Misuari, knows that “he’s supposed to stay put.” Misuari has been charged with inciting rebellion and other crimes for his role in the Zamboanga siege that claimed nearly 200 lives and displaced thousands of families.
The government’s peace adviser had met with Moro leaders, including MILF Chairman Al-Haj Murad Ebrahim and the MNLF’s Muslimin Sema. He is also intended to meet with Misuari in the near future.