Palace bares Duterte, Nur meet

February 26, 2019
Rodrigo Duterte and Nur Misuari
Rodrigo Duterte and Nur Misuari

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte had a meeting with Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari on Monday after the chief executive revealed supposed rumblings within the rebel group.

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the meeting took place in Malacañang, their first since the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law and the formation of a transition authority that will govern the new Bangsamoro region until elections in 2022.

Panelo said the meeting lasted 15 minutes, and that another meeting will be set at a later date.

The meeting came after the President spoke before barangay officials on Monday about “rumblings” within the MNLF, which allegedly complained about the composition of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front-led Bangsamoro Transition Authority.

“There are rumblings about the MNLF. Sabi namin, come and join, but Misuari is gnawing out and I have ordered the military and police, may kaso siya, allow siya, he will come back,” he said at the 1st National Assembly of the Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

The Sandiganbayan on Tuesday allowed Misuari, who is facing graft and malversation cases, to attend the 48th Session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Council (OIC) of Foreign Ministers and the 14th Session of the Parliamentary Union of Islamic Cooperation (PUIC) Member States to be held in the United Arab Emirates and Morocco, respectively.

Duterte earlier said he wanted to talk with Misuari about securing lasting peace in Mindanao.

The 73-year-old President indicated that he wanted to expedite things because he was old and that he only has three years left in office.