Misuari still being hunted, Palace admits


Where is Nur Misuari?

Even Malacañang is apparently unaware about the whereabouts of the former governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), who is wanted for the deadly siege in Zamboanga City.

Although last spotted in Sulu in August, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. admitted that the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding leader has yet to be found and arrested.

“Patuloy siyang tinutugis ng ating mga awtoridad para ma-serve ‘yung warrant of arrest laban sa kanya [He is still being pursued by authorities so the warrant of arrest against him may be served],” Coloma said in a press conference.

Earlier, MNLF Islamic Command Council chief Habib Mujahab Hashim said he was informed of the gathering on August 12 at Barangay Lampaya, Panamao town by Ustadz Murshi, Misuari’s former secretary general.

Hashim said Misuari maintained his call for independence after observing the planned closure of the Tripartite Review on the 1996 MNLF final peace agreement by the government peace panel as a unilateral act of abrogating their accord.

Hashim also belied military reports that Misuari is ailing and weak while hiding in Sulu.

Misuari is charged with rebellion and violation of the international humanitarian law, genocide and other crimes against humanity for masterminding the three-week Zamboanga City siege in September last year.

At least 200 people were killed and thousands of residents were displaced when Misuari’s followers, led by Habier Malik, occupied four villages near the city central district. At least 300 of Misuari’s men have been arrested and detained at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City, Metro Manila.


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