'It would be an insult to his person': Duterte assures of Misuari's return to PH

Vivienne Gulla, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 06 2019 05:19 AM

BANGUED, Abra - President Rodrigo Duterte has assured the police and the military that Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari will return to the Philippines.

Duterte had revealed that he intervened to let Misuari fly abroad, despite the latter facing several charges.

“He came to see me to ask me to intercede in his behalf that he be given temporary pass to go out kasi may kaso siya eh, ipe-preso siya dito, para maka-attend ng OIC,” Duterte said in a speech at the PDP-Laban campaign rally in Bangued, Abra.

“So I told the military and the police, hayaan niyo na. Babalik ‘yan. He is not a fugitive, he is a revolutionary. And you know what? That guy will always come back. It would be an insult to his person if he is buried in another land. Babalik dito ‘yan, dito magpakamatay,” he added.

The President also told voters in Abra that his government was able to iron out the differences with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

“The revolution of the MI natin naareglo na kay Murad,” he said.
 
Murad Ebrahim, chairman of the MILF, was named interim chief minister of the 3-year transition government of the new Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

“Remember, sabi ko, if elected I will take care of this revolution, I will try to solve them but I cannot talk to the NPAs now. They need maybe more time, a more educated way of doing it,” Duterte said.

“But itong Abu Sayyaf, there can never be any peace talks diyan. Wala ako because they are cruel. They don’t have any ideology. They are pretending to be Muslims with a cause but all they do is to kill and destroy,” he added.