Duterte says he and Misuari will talk again soon

Jewel Reyes, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 04 2019 01:07 AM

ISABELA CITY -- President Rodrigo Duterte arrived before 7 p.m. Sunday, almost five hours after the groundbreaking ceremony for the P70-million gymnasium in Isabela City. 

Isabela City Vice Mayor Cherrylyn Akbar buried a time capsule with the President.

In his speech, Duterte reiterated his idea of renaming the country, telling a story of how the Spaniards forcibly converted then Malay-Filipinos to Christianity. 

He said it is important to review history to understand why he thought of this. 

Duterte also talked about his meeting with Moro National Liberation Front founding chairman Nur Misuari, saying he gave permission for "Maas" to go abroad. 

"Hindi naman tatakas 'yan. I am sure Misuari does not want to die away from his native land," he said. 

The President also said he and Misuari will talk soon about what to do with the territories covered by the Bangsamoro Organic Law.

Duterte promised to continue giving projects in Mindanao, which he said he will do in his last two remaining years. 

"Yung train mahaba. Bigyan ko pa kayo ng international airport, " he said.

He also gave an impromptu allocation to the Basilan General Hospital, which is left unfinished up to now.