‘Misuari can’t commit to peace talks’

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday admitted that Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leader Nur Misuari, whom he had invited for a dialog, remains ambivalent and is not ready to commit to peace talks.

“Nur Misuari is ambivalent. Ang tingin ko [I think] Nur will not commit now, he’s consolidating the forces but he has lost control of the young men of the Moro generation,” Duterte said in a speech before military troops at Camp Melchor Dela Cruz in Gamu, Isabela.

Duterte has pursued a conciliatory stance toward Misuari and MNLF rebels who were sidelined by the Aquino administration when it signed a peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

The President had earlier said he was willing to meet Misuari anywhere and to set aside a warrant of arrest issued against the MNLF leader who is facing criminal charges in connection with the deadly standoff between the military and pro-Misuari forces in Zamboanga City in August 2013.

Late last month, Duterte ordered the police not to arrest Misuari.

In Isabela, the President also announced that the government has received a P1 billion donation from “somebody” and he is planning to use the money to build or improve hospitals. He said he will start with the improvement of a government medical facility in Davao City.

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  1. Nur Misuari still remembered the failed peace talks with President Ramos a few decades ago. He must realize that he is too old and weak to fight the government. He is putting the lives of fellow Muslims at Rick for another big confrontation. Look what happen to the last Zamboanga siege were hundreds of Muslims and Christians died for nothing. Nothing gain, all lost in war.

  2. We would not be having this problem if the Cory Aquino government did not invite Nur Misuari to the so-called peace talks with the government.

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