MNLF Nur Misauri accepted the invitation of Duterte to join peace talks
President Rodrigo Duterte invited the Moro National Liberation (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari in Malacanang to talk about peace.
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According to President Duterte, he reassured that he does not want him to arrest. Duterte was grateful that Nur Misuari accepted his invitation.
"It is with great happiness that I announce to the nation that Chairman Nur Misuari, our brother who heads the MNLF, has finally decided to just accept my invitation for him to talk to us. He has obliged and we are very grateful," Duterte said.
"There is the pending warrant which is lifted now upon my orders so that we can talk and I would like to assure Nur, brother Nur, that there was never any intention to deprive you of your liberty," the President said.
Meanwhile, Nur Misuari upon Duterte’s invitation, he stood and thanked Duterte for restoring his freedom.
"I told our dear brother, the President, I was already determined to stay put in the mountains were it not for his call, were it not for his invitation. It’s just that I cannot reject his invitation because I respect him too much," Misuari said.
Nur Misuari left the Malacanang around 4 p.m. and reporter asked the Presidential peace adviser Sec. Jesus Dureza if where Misuari is going next, "He's already free. He can decide on wherever he wants to go... He will meet with the family pa eh. Marami siyang apo, you know that. Gusto niya munang makipag-bonding sa mga apo niya." Dureza said.
According to Jesus Dureza, both Duterte and Misuari are going to meet again for a longer conversation.
"Knowing their past association, friendship nila, I am sure they want to chat again... Parang long lost brother eh," he said.
"All of these will be converged hopefully to enhance to amend the ARMM Law which is Republic Act 9054. Hopefully, we can input all of these harmonious provisions in all the agreements and come up with a new enabling law," Dureza said.
"Just allow me to reiterate my sense of gratitude to the President and I promise that should he need our cooperation in his campaign for peace, you can count on us, Mr. President," Misuari stressed.