MNLF intensifies monitoring of the coastal areas of Davao Region

admin   •   February 23, 2018   •   4196

Davao City MNLF chief Rolando Olamit

MANILA, Philippines — The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) is on alert in coastal areas of Davao Region to prevent members of the terror group Islamic State (ISIS) and other lawless elements from entering the area.

The move came after the MNLF received information that terrorist groups were able to infiltrate the region.

“We are preparing to face the terror group ISIS because, after the Marawi siege, we received information that they will target next, the President,” said Davao City MNLF Chief Rolando Olamit.

The chief said that the move is part of their support for President Rodrigo Duterte.

Olamit also reminded its members to take caution and not to believe the messages they might receive in Messenger and or email that encourages them to join ISIS. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Zambo City LGU gives nod on Misuari’s assignment as Special Envoy to OIC

Maris Federez   •   December 17, 2019

(L-R) Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari and President Rodrigo Duterte

The local government of Zamboanga City has welcomed President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision of assigning Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari as the country’s special economic envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco said the President has already talked to him regarding the matter.

He reiterated that they are in favor of the chief executive’s decision as it is aimed at reaching a lasting peace in Mindanao.

“President Duterte had already the intention of giving the chairperson to Nur Misuari as an opportunity to take leadership roles in the government so as to fully implement the peace process,” Climaco said.

He added that there is no denying that Misuari has a big influence on the Moro people and on the peace process.

The local chief executive, however, said that the victims in the 2013 Zamboanga Siege must be accorded the justice they deserve.

Misuari was said to be behind the MNLF’s bloody attack in the city.

Meanwhile, people from Zamboanga have differing views on Misuari’s assignment to the OIC.

Some said Misuari is not fit for the job based on his participation in the siege.

Others, on the other hand, welcomed the President’s decision.

Meanwhile, the President said Misuari’s assignment to the OIC is aimed at achieving the immediate implementation of the peace agreements between the government and the Moro fronts and to get the support of the Islamic countries.

The MNLF founding chair is known to have strong alliances with the leaders in the OIC.— (from the report of Dante Amento) /mbmf

Duterte appoints MNLF’s Nur Misuari as Special Economic Envoy on Islamic Affairs

Marje Pelayo   •   December 16, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Founding Chairman Nur Misuari as Special Economic Envoy on Islamic Affairs to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) confirmed.

The President announced Misuari’s appointment during the first meeting on Sunday (December 15) of the newly created PH Government-MNLF PEACE Coordinating Committee where the remaining commitments under the Tripartite Review Process (TRP) of the 1996 Final Peace Agreements.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) together with the Philippine Government and the MNLF created the TRP in January 2016 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Duterte explained that his appointment of Nur Misuari will facilitate the speedy implementation of peace agreements between the government and the Moro fronts and eventually obtain the support from Islamic countries given that most of the leaders of the OIC are friends with Misuari.

Misuari is expected to attend the annual meeting of the parliamentary union of the OIC-member states happening in Burkina Faso in Western Africa from January 21 to 23, 2020.

Meanwhile, the leadership of the OIC is set to visit the Philippines in February 2020.

PNP says no ISIS threat in Bulacan, probes leak of draft memo

Robie de Guzman   •   September 11, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is now investigating the leak and circulation online of a draft memorandum stating about the alleged presence of “ISIS affiliates” in Bulacan.

The said document posted on social media states that the Bulacan Provincial Police Office was on full alert status because of threats posed by the terrorist group. It said ISIS-inspired militants from Tuguegarao are moving to Bulacan to attack religious communities in the province.

According to Bulacan provincial police director Chito Barseluna, the document was not official and was not intended for public release.

He added that there was a miscommunication in drafting the memo as this should have been written to alert police units following recent bombings in Mindanao.

Barseluna confirmed that Bulacan police was indeed on full alert but this is because of the celebration of the Singkaban festival in the province.

The police official also denied receiving an intelligence report about the presence of an ISIS-inspired group in the province.

Barseluna also called on the public to stay calm and assured that tight security measures are in place. RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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