- President Rodrigo Duterte and MNLF leader Nur Misuari is expected to meet in order to discuss how to improve Mindanao
- Misuari is presently wanted by the authorities for his role in the 2013 Zamboanga City stand-off
- Duterte has promised to transform Mindanao from being a land of promise into a land of fulfillment
President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte is set to have a special meeting with Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari to discuss projects and strategies that will help improve and transform Mindanao and give a better future for Moro communities.
However, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar has clarified that although the meeting will surely take place between Duterte and Misuari, no specific date has been set yet for this highly-anticipated event.
Duterte has repeatedly emphasized his call for unity with separatist groups in Mindanao.
Aside from meeting Misuari, Duterte is also planning to meet with the leaders of the National Democratic Front (NDF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The MILF has already expressed its openness to working with the Duterte administration in eliminating drugs in the country.
The President has promised to prioritize projects in Mindanao in order to transform it from being a “land of promise” into a “land of fulfilment,” Malacañang said on Saturday.
Duterte – a Mindanaoan and a former mayor of Davao City – also mentioned during his speech at the Hari Raya Eid'l Fit'r celebration on Friday in Davao City that he is already collaborating with top Muslim leaders to create a system that would finally bring the long-awaited peace to Mindanao after decades of conflict with the government.
Misuari is currently wanted by government authorities for his role in the Zamboanga City siege – which was an armed conflict between the government and some members of the MNLF in 2013.
The crisis started when members of an MNLF faction attempted to raise the Bangsamoro Republik flag at the city hall which led to several days of armed battle with AFP and PNP forces and caused the displacement of over 100,000 residents and the deaths of many civilians in the area. -DN, Kami Media