Duterte, Misuari meet in Davao, discuss peace efforts in Sulu

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 26 2019 01:13 PM | Updated as of Aug 27 2019 11:22 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte speaks with MNLF founding chairman Nur Misuari. Photo courtesy of Sen. Bong Go

MANILA- (UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte met anew with Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari in Davao City on Friday night.

The meeting comes barely 2 months since their last one in Malacañang on July 9.

President Rodrigo Duterte poses for a photo with MNLF founding chairman Nur Misuari. Photo courtesy of Sen. Bong Go

Also present in the meeting was Duterte's peace adviser Carlito Galvez, who earlier said he would have a "personal" meeting with Misuari.

In an interview with ANC, Galvez said the two camps agreed to form a coordinating committee to discuss peace efforts in Sulu.

"It was a short meeting. What we have discussed is that we will compose a GPH-MNLF coordinating committee so that we can discuss some coordination, particularly on our peace efforts in Sulu province because the President is very much...really put an end on the Abu Sayyaf problem in the area," he said.

"Misuari really signified his intention to help us and he professed his support to the President's peace agenda," Galvez added.

Galvez said Misuari also asked for another meeting with government officials in September.

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The President has repeatedly said he hopes to reach an agreement with Misuari, whom he earlier said warned him of war should government fail to pursue a shift to federalism.

Misuari is a former governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, the entity superseded by the Bangsamoro region.