'Misuari hiding in Sulu'

By Roel Pareño, The Philippine Star

Posted at Jan 11 2014 09:14 AM | Updated as of Jan 11 2014 05:14 PM

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founder and chairman Nur Misuari has not left the country and is just hiding in Sulu, the commander of the military’s Western Mindanao Command said yesterday.

Lt. Gen. Rustico Guerrero said there have been “persistent reports” that Misuari is still in Sulu, adding that government forces in the island province continue to locate him.

Misuari has a standing arrest warrant for rebellion and violation of the international humanitarian law, genocide and other crimes against humanity in connection with the Zamboanga City siege staged by his followers that displaced more than 120,000 civilians, left nearly 200 people dead, and scores wounded.

About 300 arrested followers of Misuari, who are facing similar charges, were transferred to Camp Bagong Diwa Taguig City recently, amid reports of a supposed plan by their comrades to “rescue” them.