MANILA, November 4, 2016 (PNA) — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) welcomed the suspension of the warrant of arrest against Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) chair Nur Misuari, saying this could help President Rodrigo Duterte’s vision for a just and lasting peace.
In a media briefing Thursday, AFP spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla said the move will allow the MNLF leadership a chance to meet with government peace negotiators and make final arrangements for negotiations.
Misuari was charged for spearheading the September 2013 Zamboanga City siege which killed hundreds of people and gutted a substantial portion of the city.
Hopefully, all of these arrangements, all of these negotiations will lead to a long and just and lasting peace, sustainable peace for the whole country. It’s about time for our country to develop in a very peaceful development and it is up to us to be able to resolve all of this and that’s why I think the Commander-in-Chief is doing all he can to facilitate all these talks and discussions with all these groups especially in Mindanao,” Padilla said.
He said he is aware that Misuari’s release will be opposed by many people but urged the public to wait for the peace process to be finished.
There will be opposition to this move but let us wait, the process is not yet finished and so let’s allow time for our negotiators to do their work. The more important thing is to serve justice but at the same time to bring peace to the land, so if there is a peace in the land then we can dispense justice better,” he said.