SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 30 March) – Followers of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chair Nur Misuari on Saturday said their dream for a Bangsamoro Republik lives on even as government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) had signed the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) on March 27.
The MNLF members, led by Suhod Ebrahim, commander of the MNLF’s 6th Sudarah Brigade, met members of the press at their camp in Barangay Raguisi, Sultan Kudarat town, a few kilometers away from the MILF’s Camp Darapanan.
The group didn’t display any firearm but the red MNLF flags, Ebrahim said, are symbols that their dream Bangsamoro Republik lives on.
He said they have nothing to do with the CAB and have no plans of supporting it.
A tarpaulin on display in the camp features the photographs of US President Barrack Obama, the secretary-generals of the United Nations and the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation, and Misuari, who is wanted for rebellion and crimes against international humanitarian law following the bloody 21-day standoff with government forces in September.
He said Misuari relayed the information about the allege support of the three prominent personalities to their bid for independence and that they are just awaiting fMisuari’s directive on the action they would undertake such as the possibility of a siege similar to Zamboanga.
Ebrahim said “this (siege) part 2 (is) not yet scheduled… It depends upon President Misuari.”
Misuari is referred to by his supporters as “President of the Bangsamoro Republik.”
Ebrahim said their only hope is the promise of independence that Misuari allegedly said will be realized with the help of America and the United Nations and the implementation of the 1996 Final Peace Agreement, two entities that have been supporting the GPH-MILF peace process.
In a press statement issued in the evening of Thursday, after the signing of the CAB and reception at Malacanan Palace, US Ambassador Philip Goldberg said the United States “will continue to be a major development partner in Mindanao and in an effort to help bring about a successful outcome” of the CAB.
“We believe the CAB can benefit the people of Bangsamoro, and all Filipino citizens,” Goldberg said.
In Washington DC, the State Department in a statement said it “fully supports the ongoing peace and reconciliation process, and we encourage all parties to continue their efforts to ensure a future of peace, prosperity, and stability in the southern Philippines.” (Ferdinandh B. Cabrera / MindaNews)