Hunt for Misuari won’t impede MNLF peace talks with government — Palace

January 22, 2014 7:32 am 

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, Jan. 21 (PNA) — Malacanang on Tuesday said that peace talks between the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the national government will not be hindered by the manhunt for its chairman, Nur Misuari.

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a Palace briefing Tuesday that despite the chairman’s absence, there were many other factions in the MNLF.

“Mr. Misuari is not the only embodiment to a presentation of the MNLF, that’s why it is possible to continue negotiating, to continue talking with the MNLF even while we are pursuing (him),” Coloma said.

He explained that apparently, authority will continue to track him down as he remained a subject of warrant of arrest.

“Definitely, we would like to be able to arrest him because there are charges he is facing,” Coloma said.

The Malacanang official also expressed hope that the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) which rejected offers to craft peace agreements with the MNLF and the government will eventually give in.

He said that these talks were not only necessary to achieve an overall peace agreement, but also development for the whole of Mindanao. (PNA)



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