Nur Misuari to 'defend self' against arrest warrant: spokesman

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Posted at Sep 06 2017 09:08 AM | Updated as of Sep 06 2017 12:46 PM

Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) chairman Nur Misuari speaks during the turn-over ceremony of Norwegian kidnap victim Kjartan Sekkingstad to government officials in Indanan town, Sulu province on September 18, 2016. Nickee Butlangan, AFP

MANILA - Former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao governor Nur Misuari will "defend himself" against an arrest warrant for corruption, his spokesman said Wednesday.

The Sandiganbayan anti-graft court on Tuesday said there was enough basis to charge Misuari with graft and malversation over the purchase of P115.2 million in textbooks in 2000 and 2001.

"Kung anong gusto ng gobyerno na gawin nila, gawin nila. Kung ano rin ang kaya ni chairman [Misuari] na gawin para ipagtanggol ang kanyang sarili, gagawin din niya," MNLF spokesperson Rev. Absalom Cerveza.

(The government should do what it wants to do. The chairman meanwhile will do what he can to defend himself.)

Misuari, who is in hiding, has another standing warrant of arrest for leading the Moro National Liberation Front siege of Zamboanga City in 2013, which left 200 dead.

Duterte in August 2016 ordered the warrant against Misuari to be lifted, as arresting the MNLF leader would scuttle his efforts to reach a peaceful settlement with the Moro groups in Mindanao.

The Pasig Regional Trial Court in November suspended the arrest warrant until May, and later extended the warrant's suspension for another 6 months.