Palace hits Misuari's 'grand deception'
MANILA -- Malacañang accused Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari and his faction of lying to their followers to lure them into joining the armed attack on Zamboanga City.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda noted the conflicting statements of Misuari's spokespersons on the true nature of their presence in Zamboanga.
"In fact, ang sabi nga ng marami, pumunta kami roon para sa peace rally, at sabi po ni Governor [Mujiv] Hataman, pinangakuan ng armas... Klaro po, the grand deception of Nur Misuari was to fool the MNLF people into believing that this is for them, which is not totally true... His spokespersons have said it's a 'peace rally.' The other spokesperson has already said it's a 'war for independence'. This whole situation was brought about not by us," Lacierda said.
Lacierda said government is currently evaluating evidence, when asked how soon can charges be filed against Misuari.
"The DOJ prosecutors are on the ground. They will evaluate. They will come up with an airtight case against those responsible. And, once they are prepared to file charges, they will do so," he said.
On the reported challenge of Misuari's spokesperson to file charges against and arrest Misuari, Lacierda said: "We will use our government resources to do the right thing... Like I said, he's not Leo DiCaprio that we will catch him you can. It's not something [like] that. We have resources to do that."