MNLF chairman to declare war if federalism gets rejected, says Duterte

MNLF chairman to declare war if federalism gets rejected, says Duterte

- President Rodrigo Duterte and MNLF chairman Nur Misauri have recently met

- The President said that Misauri will go into war if the federalism won’t be passed

- The MNLF wants federalism as promised by late President Cory Aquino

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President Rodrigo Duterte has recently met with Moro National Liberation Front (MILF) founding Chairman Nur Misauri on Tuesday. KAMI learned that the President said Misauri will be declaring a war against the government if the federalism will not be passed this time.

In a report by the GMA News (author Virgil Lopez), Duterte talked to Misauri along with Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon.

"Sabi ni Misuari kagabi, 'If you do not give it [federalism] to me, let me be very honest. I will go to war,'" the President said.

The President said that as much as he understood what the MNLF wanted, there should be a Congressional concurrence for it to be passed. Duterte added that they will be coming up with a panel and then negotiate with the people.

This was the second meeting of Duterte and Misauri in less than a month.

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As reported by the Manila Times (author Ralph Edwin U. Villanueva), the MNLF wants the government to approve federalism as it was a broken promise by late President Cory Aquino.

KAMI reported before that the House of Representatives approved for third and final reading the federal charter change. However, some members of the Senate considered the federal charter as “dead on arrival.”

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