Misuari not included in OIC meeting: Deles

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 08 2013 07:14 PM | Updated as of Dec 09 2013 03:14 AM

MANILA — It will be up to the leaders of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) if their founding chairman, Nur Misuari, will be allowed to participate in the 40th session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Guinea on December 9 to 11, according to Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles.

However, Deles said that they have information that a large group of MNLF leaders did not include Misuari in the list that will represent the Muslim group in OIC meeting.

“A large group of MNLF leaders met last weekend and proposed a roster of names to represent the MNLF in the tripartite process. The roster of proposed names did not include Misuari. This request has been officially communicated to the chair of the OIC-PCSP (Peace Committee for Southern Philippines)," Deles said.

She added that since there is a pending warrant of arrest for Misuari, he is still considered a fugitive from the law.

Earlier, Habib Hashim, chairman of the MNLF's Islamic Command Council, said Misuari is still in the Philippines, hiding from police authorities.

Hashim said Misuari has expressed interest to attend the OIC meeting to voice out his thoughts on the Zamboanga crisis.

Misuari has already been placed on the Bureau of Immigration's (BI) lookout bulletin after the DOJ filed rebellion charges and charges for violations of international humanitarian laws against him, MNLF commander Habier Malik, and 63 others last October.--report from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News