As Bangsamoro vote looms, Duterte eyes cordial talks with Misuari


Posted at Jan 19 2019 10:10 PM

MANILA—As he campaigns for the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said he would like to meet with Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chair Nur Misuari soon.

Duterte said he hopes to talk to Misuari, whom he described as his "good friend," after the Bangsamoro plebiscite.

"I hope to talk to him in the coming days as we agreed. Sabi ko, hintuin tapusin muna natin ‘to. Hintuin natin ‘yung atin then again we can resume after the Bangsamoro," Duterte said in his speech in a peace assembly in Cotabato City.

"I would call out to him, extend my hand in friendship and peace and I hope that we can strike an agreement that will also promote the interest of the MNLF and the rest of the Moro of Mindanao."

In August 2018, Duterte and Misuari met and affirmed their mutual intent for peace after the former signed the BOL a month before.

The BOL is the enabling legislation of the government’s peace accord with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), a splinter group of the MNLF.

The MNLF founding chair wants the government to honor the 1996 final peace agreement, saying it has yet to be fully implemented. Duterte has promised Misuari that his grievances would be addressed.

Ratifying the BOL would mean abolishing the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, while the 1996 agreement would mean the enhancement of the ARMM.