Quote for the Week..

"Why are the country’s political leaders quick to act on amending the Constitution to change nationalistic provisions for the benefit of foreigners or to extend their terms of office but are allergic to amending the Constitution to address the people’s aspirations for self-determination?" - Marvic Leonen,Dean of the UP College of Law, in a keynote address delivered at the 1st International Solidarity Conference on Mindanao; March 16-18, 2009 in Davao City, Philippines.

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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Misuari's release is a cover up for the peace failure in Mindanao - MILF

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front has welcomed Nur Misuari’s release even as it said it was just a government’s bid to cover up its failure to forge a peace deal in war-torn Mindanao.

MILF chief peace negotiator Mohagher Iqbal said Saturday the release of Misuari, who was jailed for leading a botched uprising in 2001, was “long overdue.”

But Iqbal, citing a “very reliable report,” said the release was just a government’s bid to cover up its failure to forge a peace agreement with the MILF.

“This is to showcase to the world that peace process in Mindanao is alive and kicking,” he said.

“The report also said Misuari would be anointed by the Arroyo dispensation as the next governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao,” Iqbal said.

The Department of Justice on Friday said the Makati City regional trial court order granting Misuari bail was in line with a recent Cabinet decision.

Misuari founded the Moro National Liberation Front, the Philippines' largest separatist group. It signed a historic 1996 peace accord in exchange for limited autonomy for Moros in the country's restive south.

But the MILF rejected the peace deal and kept fighting for Moro self-rule.

In 2001, Misuari was arrested and charged with rebellion after his followers launched an attack that killed about 100 people on the southern island of Jolo. He was initially detained in a police camp outside Manila but was later held under house arrest.

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