MANILA – Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) spokesperson Absalom Cerveza denied that the group's founding chairman, Nur Misuari, is behind the spate of abductions in Malaysia.
Cerveza was responding to an accusation by Malaysia's Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi that Misuari ordered the abductions in order to gather funds for the revival of the MNLF's military wing.
''That is hallunication on the part of Malaysia. It does not deserve our response because we know they are not telling the truth. They are speculating, inventing stories,'' Cerveza told dzMM.
''First of all, the military contingent of the MNLF is very much alive."
The Malaysian minister was also quoted as saying in reports that Misuari and the MNLF is working with members of the Sulu Sultanate in recapturing Sabah.
Cerveza said that while Misuari and the MNLF support the sultanate's cause, the MNLF is not involved in the recent abductions in Sabah.
Malaysia's former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Noor was also quoted in a Bernama report as saying that Misuari is exacting revenge against Malaysia for supporting the peace deal between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
Misuari, who once served as governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, is currently wanted for his alleged role in the bloody Zamboanga siege.