Sunday, 17 November 2019

President Rody Duterte and Chairman Nur Misuari Meet in Davao City

August 23, 2019 – In a series of informal talks to discuss peace and development initiatives between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), President Rody Duterte and MNLF Chairman Nur Misuari met for the fourth time this year.

In attendance from the GRP side are Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. and Senator Bong Go. With Chairman Nur Misuari were Atty. Arthur Lim, Atty. Singcar Pinote, members of the 5-member MNLF peace panel, MNLF Davao State Chairman Rolando Olamit, and the MNLF Cabinet Secretary Prof. Mashur Jundam. 

Both President Duterte and Chairman Nur agree that holistic peace and order of the entire nation is an urgent concern. In mid-September, the coordinating panels between the GRP and the MNLF will meet to discuss matters to be included in the impending peace talks between both parties. One of primary agendas is the proposed shift to a federal system of government, a shared advocacy of Chairman Nur and President Duterte.

The Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) will be the third party in the new GRP-MNLF tripartite talks. In 1996, the MNLF signed a peace deal with the GRP, also known as the Final Peace Agreement (FPA). However, there are still some provisions that have not been fulfilled, as agreed upon by both parties. 

The situation in different parts of Mindanao, particularly Sulu, was also discussed. Chairman Nur offered his assistance to the President in this regard.

This marks the 14th in a series of meetings between the two leaders since the incumbency of President Duterte. Chairman Nur also attended the President’s SONA for the first time this year. 

Back (from right): OPAPP Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr, Prof. Mashur Jundam, Atty. Arthur Lim, President Rody Duterte, Chairman Nur Misuari, Senator Bong Go, Atty. Singcar Pinote, Mr. Rolando Olamit

Front (from right): MNLF Secretariats Ms. Nur-Ainee Lim and Ms. Nur Redha Misuari

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