Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Nur forces massing in Cotabato


THE Philippine Army units is keeping an eye on about 200 Moro National Liberation Front fighters who were massing at a village of Midsayap, Cotabato on Monday.

The group was spotted gathering at the remote village as factions within the MNLF sought to replace its founding chairman Nur Misuari as the sole representative of the Bangsamoro people in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

The Aquino administration said it would prefer a leader of the Moro National Liberation Front who can “push forward the peace agenda” amid efforts from within the MNLF to replace its founding chairman, Nur Misuari, as the sole representative of the Bangsamoro people in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

“We would like to work with people who can push forward the peace agenda and the reform agenda of the MNLF,” presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said as he bared that the Aquino administration would prefer a leader of the MNLF who could “push forward the peace agenda.”

Lacierda made the remark at a Palace briefing a day after the OIC rebuked Misuari for masterminding a three-week hostage siege in Zamboanga City last September.


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