Federalism or War, Nur tells Duterte

Federalism or War, Nur tells Duterte




Federalism or war.
Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari threatened to go to warwith the the Philippine government was relayed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte when the two met in Malacanang palace recently. 
Kagabi nag-usap kami sa harap ni Gen. (Carlito) Galvez, sa OPAPP (Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process)," Duterte said in a campaign sortie by  the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino - Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) in Marikina city. "Sabi ko, 'Let us talk sa iyo.'" Sabi niya, "O sige. Pero ito ang gusto ko, federalism."


President Rodrigo Roa Duterte met with Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founder Nur Misuari in MalacaƱang Tuesday night. (photo credit to owner)



Nur Misuari met with President Duterte, Galvez, and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon. In the said  meeting, Pres. Duterte said Misuari claims the Moro community wants federalism, as supposedly promised by then President Corazon Aquino.
"Sabi ni Misuari kagabi [Misuari said last night], 'If you do not give it (federalism) to me, let me be very honest. I will go to war," Duterte revealed to the audience present in the campaign rally.
The President said he proposed to Misuari to create a negotiating panel to check if the federalism the MNLF founding chairman is gunning for is similar to the system under the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) or a different kind of federalism.
"Sabi ko [I said], 'I understand that Nur. So ganito na lang gawin natin [This is what we will do]. Let's form a panel, because we have to inform the people, we cannot negotiate secretly here,'" President Duterte said.
Misuari has made it public his refusal to recognize the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) amid rumors of dissatisfaction of their MNLF faction's representation in the government body,and has opted for a federal form of government.
Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) currently has several factions, that of Misuari’s, that of incumbent chair Yusuf Jikiri, and former Cotabato City Mayor Muslimin Sema -- which have expressed support for the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL)  and have representatives in the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA).

Status of Federalism in Congress

The Hose of representatives has already passed the federal charter on third reading, while the Senate opted to suspend it, citing that it has no time for charter change.
The Federal form of government has been one of the campaign promises of President Duterte.


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