LOOK: Duterte meets Misuari anew in Davao

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Posted at Mar 28 2017 02:05 PM

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) chairman Prof. Nur Misuari at the Presidential Guest House in Davao City on March 27, 2017. Misuari is accompanied by his wife, Madam Tarhata and son, Abdulkarim. RENE LUMAWAG/Presidential Photo

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday met Moro National Liberation Front founder Nur Misuari in Davao City, a Palace official said Tuesday.

"Basically, it was a reaffirmation of the importance of securing just and lasting peace in Mindanao," presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said.

Abella described the meeting as "warm, cordial, and positive," but declined to give further details about the discussion.

The Davao meeting came four months after Duterte first received Misuari in Malacanang on November, in a bid to widen support for his efforts to end the decades-long Muslim rebellion in the south.

Since assuming the presidency, Duterte sought to bring together all Moro groups which had once pushed for secession.

Misuari’s MNLF faction had been hostile towards the administration of Duterte’s predecessor, Benigno Aquino III, claiming it was shut out from the peace deal with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in 2014.
 
Duterte is now pursuing peace talks with the MNLF factions and MILF.
These peace efforts are being carried out simultaneously with the government’s push to transition the country to a federal parliamentary form of government.