MNLF's Sema wants Misuari in Bangsamoro law talks

By Lore Mae L. Andong, ABS-CBN News Central Mindanao

Posted at Sep 18 2014 10:42 PM | Updated as of Sep 19 2014 06:42 AM

MAGUINDANAO - Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) chairman and former Cotabato City Mayor Muslimin Sema is hopeful that the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will be able to achieve their objective on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) which is now in the hands of Congress.

However, Sema expressed concern on how the BBL can be harmonized with the previous agreements signed by the government with the MNLF in 1976 and 1996.

"But given the proper forum, we will be able to help. We are also for peace and after implementing the peace agreement that we have signed. Our only worry is how we can jibe, how we can harmonize these agreements for example 1976, 1996 and the Comprehensive Agreement," he said.

He added that they are still hoping that the MILF as well as the government will continue talking to them after their last meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and discuss how the parties can come up with one version of political solution on the problem in Mindanao.

Meanwhile, Sema only grinned when he was asked if he would welcome an invitation from Congress for the public hearings and consultations on the BBL.

"We will see, we will try to assess it..., how we can contribute," Sema said.

He said, however, that he is in favor of inviting MNLF founder Nur Misuari to Congress' hearings, but only if the government would be able to convince Misuari to do so following his declaration of independence last year.

Sema said it would be a good move if Misuari would be heard in Congress.