De Lima to Misuari: You must face prosecution

The former justice secretary, Senator Leila de Lima wants Nur Misuari to face prosecution for Zamboanga siege, which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of people in the province.

Photo from Al Jareeza/Inquirer News

 “I presume that the President’s action must be an act of confidence building for peace talks and unification. That is his call,” De Lima said.

“However, we must remind him that Misuari is almost a recalcitrant peace partner, talking peace when it suits him, and waging war when convenient, without due regard to civilian lives and the lives of our soldiers,” she said.

According to Senator De Lima they have enough evidence to prosecute Misuari for Zamboanga siege last 2013.

“If asked for my unsolicited advice, I would prefer full prosecution of Misuari for the crimes committed during the Zamboanga siege, while continuing to engage constructively with the other MNLF groups,” she said.

Senator De Lima saying that Nur Misuari is not the “Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF)”.
“I will not second guess him on this, neither will I actively oppose it, but just a reminder to him that for every action, especially when it comes to appeasing Misuari, there are always consequences,” De Lima said.

“We don’t want another Zamboanga siege if Misuari does not get what he wants this time, whatever that may be. In the meantime, the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) should prepare itself for any fallout, just in case, Misuari’s MNLF faction not being a spent force yet,” she further said.

Meanwhile, Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero said that the issue against Nur Misuari should be left to the courts.

“At the end of the day, the primordial consideration for me is for Filipinos to already stop killing each other,” Escudero said.

Senator Gringo Honasan also expressed his opinion saying, “If peace, not only in Mindanao but in the entire country, is part of our national interest to promote economic development and begin to seriously address poverty, hunger, social injustice and inequality, then we must be prepared to pay the political and social cost to achieve lasting peace for the nation,”

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