Misuari free as Pasig court suspends arrest warrants

Misuari free as Pasig court suspends arrest warrants

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Screen grab of MNLF chair Nur Misuari speaking in Malacañang on November 3, 2016. (RTVM)

Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) chair Nur Misuari has been granted temporary freedom after a court in Pasig City granted the lifting of the warrants of arrest for him.

Pasig Regional Trial Court judge Maria Rowena Modesto-San Pedro, in a decision dated October 27, 2016 in Pasig City, ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), and other law enforcement agencies to suspend all warrants of arrest issued against Misuari.

The suspension of the warrant was given a timeline of six months.

The court also ordered the Office of the Presidential Adviser for the Peace Process (OPAPP) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to submit a monthly report on the status of Misuari.

The court said it honored the request of the executive branch to include Misuari in the proceedings of the peace process, which should involve the MNLF as one of the Moro parties.

Following the suspension of the arrest warrant, President Rodrigo Duterte invited Misuari to share the podium of the President of the Philippines to share a few words.

Misuari said he was only in Malacañang upon the invitation of President Duterte.

The Moro leader echoed the words of Norwegian hostage Kjartan Sekkingstad, whose release to the Philippine government was also with the help of Misuari and the MNLF.

“Now I am happy to be so free again,” Misuari said.

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