Duterte, Nur meet again in Palace

March 20, 2019
Rodrigo Duterte and Nur Misuari
President Rodrigo Duterte embraces MNLF Chair Nur Misuari during a meeting in Malacañang.

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte and Moro National Liberation Front founding chairman Nur Misuari met again in Malacañang Tuesday night.

Photos released by Malacañang showed Duterte hugging Misuari in a meeting attended by Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Carlito Galvez Jr. and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr.

Malacañang has yet to issue a statement on the meeting of the two officials.

On February 25, Duterte and Misuari also met in Malacañang.

The day after that first meeting with the President, the Sandiganbayan Third Division granted  Misuari’s plea to travel abroad.

Misuari is on trial at the Sandiganbayan for two counts of graft and two counts of malversation through falsification of public documents over the alleged anomalous purchase of educational materials when he was still governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

He is also facing rebellion charges for the 2013 Zamboanga siege.

Duterte has revealed that he had called the courts to allow Misuari to travel abroad but Panelo said someone might have told the court about Duterte’s position, dismissing criticism that the move was interference.

Panelo said Duterte’s move was mere “persuasion” and not interference.