Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari is going to Jogjakarta, Indonesia, for the tripartite review of the 1996 final peace agreement, an official said.
Speaking at a Malacañang briefing, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles said the meeting had been agreed on before the MNLF attack in Zamboanga City on Monday.
“We know that the MNLF, through their different conduits, have requested for assistance to facilitate travel to Jogjakarta,” Deles said
“My understanding is they have requested for travel papers for Misuari and two others,” she said.
Misuari’s lieutenants said the government had left him out of the peace process, prompting him to declare an independent Bangsamoro “republik.”
But Deles said that just last week, Indonesian Ambassador to the Philippines Yohanes Legowo visited Manila to meet with government and two MNLF groups in Davao.
“We clarified that with the Indonesian Embassy yesterday. They told me that the different personalities that have been invited have been identified,” she said
Deles said they will apply the “Jeddah formula,” arrived at during a meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, very early on, where the different MNLF factions were represented.
She said the government knew that the MNLF was moving towards “a declaration of independence.”
Apart from the recent visit of the Indonesian ambassador, government officials also met with a high-level MNLF delegation in Jeddah and Solo, Indonesia, in 2010, Deles said.
She said the most recent meeting was in Bandung last year.
Deles said there was a big disconnect between what happened between the meeting with Indonesia last Friday and the MNLF’s action on Monday.
”I would look at it as a violation of the spirit of what we had discussed with Indonesia just last week, that there would be this meeting where there would peacefully be a laying out of positions and facts by the two parties,” she said,
The Peace Committee on Southern Philippines, which was created by the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) to look into the situation of Muslims in the Mindanao region, will meet and make a decision, according to Deles.
CATHERINE S. VALENTE