WATCH: MILF, MNLF support Duterte’s federalism

WATCH: MILF, MNLF support Duterte’s federalism

- President-elect Rodrigo Duterte met with the Moro leaders late Friday evening, June 17.

- MNLF leader Abul Khayr Alonto tells reporters about the ‘brother-to-brother’ meeting with the incoming president.

- The Moro leaders have expressed their support to Duterte during the meeting at Hotel Elena in Davao City.

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has met with leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) at Hotel Elena in Davao City late Friday evening, June 17.

The Moro leaders, Al-Hajj Murad Ebrahim of MILF and Abul Khayr Alonto of MNLF have been seen posing for photos with Duterte at Jacky’s Resto Cafe in Hotel Elena. Others present in the meeting with the incoming president include Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) first vice-chairman Ghadzali Jaafar.

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MILF, the largest rebel group in the country, has earlier sought a united front with MNLF in hopes for a peaceful deal with the incoming president.

MNLF leader, Datu Abul Khayr Alonto, on the other hand, told reporters that the MILF and the MNLF agrees to the shift in federal government, saying that the "centralized form of government is a dismal failure" as it is the cause of “war in Mindanao."

Alonto clarified that promises are not necessary when all are committed to the unity, in what he calls a “fraternal manner.”

According to Alonto, "A federal system could very well put in place a government of transparency and accountability, and effectively address the peace and order problems including drug trafficking and kidnap for ransom."

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The MNLF leader also hopes that "a good aspects of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will be retained" and that they are hopeful that “the country will allow them to be the first federal state, with the BBL as the model.”

The MNLF leader did not talk about a timeline for the federalism and the constitional convention as agreed in the meeting, and jokingly said, “If you will ask me, I want it tomorrow.”

"The president-elect has our commitment and our support, hindi sa salita, sa gawa. It's high-time wag na yung mga salita-salita. All of the things we talked about, we have to do it," Alonto added.

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