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Duterte, Misuari discuss creation of Peace Coordinating Committee

November 13, 2019 - Wednesday 6:11 PM by Ruth Palo

Article Banner Image PEACE TALK. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chair Nur Misuari in Malacañang on November 11, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DAVAO CITY -- President Rodrigo Duterte and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chair Nur Misuari met on Monday to discuss the creation of a Peace Coordinating Committee that will promote continuous dialogue, coordination, and collaboration with the MNLF in maintaining lasting and enduring peace in Mindanao, particularly in Sulu.

This was revealed by Senator Christopher Lawrence Go to reporters during the signing of the Manifesto of Support to the anti-corruption campaign of the government on Wednesday at the Presidential Museum and Library in Malacañang.

Go said Duterte was supposed to go home to Davao City on Monday but postponed it to meet with Misuari.

“Dapat nag-umpisa pa noong Lunes na nasa Davao siya. He cut it by one day dahil may usapan sila ni Nur Misuari na meeting for the creation of a Peace Coordinating Committee between MNLF and the government of the Philippines,” he said.

(He was supposed to go to Davao on Monday but he cut it by one day because he had an arranged meeting with Nur Misuari for the creation of a Peace Coordinating Committee between MNLF and the government of the Philippines.)

Go said another meeting is set in December which would include other concerned government and MNLF officials.

“Magkakaroon ng another meeting. Palitan, Manila tapos Davao and even Zamboanga. Kung saan convenient for both parties na pwede sila mag-usap,” he said.

(There will be another meeting. The venue will be rotated, first in Manila, then Davao and even Zamboanga. They will meet wherever it is convenient for both parties.)

President Rodrigo Duterte and Cabinet officials discuss matters with Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chair Nur Misuari during a meeting Malacañang on November 11, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Next meeting set
Go said a meeting has been scheduled on December 6 with the MNLF. “On the part of the government, kasama na ang National Security Adviser, Department of Justice at Department of Foreign Affairs. Pinapatawag din ng Pangulo ‘yung dating kasamahan na lumagda sa peace agreement with Nur Misuari,” he said.

(On the part of the government, the National Security Adviser, Department of Justice, and Department of Foreign Affairs will attend. The President is also calling on other officials who signed the peace agreement with Nur Misuari.)

The 1996 Final Peace Agreement, also called the Jakarta Accord was signed on September 2, 1996 in Manila by Manuel Yan and Misuari. The culmination of four years of peace talks, the agreement established mechanisms designed to bring about the full implementation of the 1976 Tripoli Agreement.

Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr. had earlier said under the Peace Agenda of the President, the government “shall continue to engage MNLF Founding Chair Nur Misuari to complete the remaining commitments under the 1996 Final Peace Agreement by virtue of the Tripartite Review Process and the Bangsamoro Coordinating Forum (BCF) with the OIC.”

“In compliance with our peace agenda,  OPAPP recently organized the GPH-MNLF Joint Peace Coordinating Committees (JPCC) in order to have continuous dialogue, coordination and collaboration with the MNLF in maintaining lasting and enduring peace in Mindanao, particularly in troubled Island of Sulu,” Galvez said.

In good shape
Meanwhile, Go squelched rumors on the President’s health, saying Duterte is “OK.”

“Sa totoo lang, hindi po napapansin noon na, in a month, meron talaga siyang Mindanao leg na ginagawa. Isang linggo siya doon, nag-ikot sa Jolo, sa mga kampo. Binisita niya ang mga sugatan na sundalo. Hindi niyo alam, naroon siya, nagtatrabaho,” he said.

(What people don’t notice is that in a month, the President usually has a Mindanao leg. He stays there for a week, moving around in Jolo and the camps. He visits our wounded soldiers. You don’t know this but he’s there working.)

Go said despite the advice of doctors, the President does not want to rest. 

HE’S OK. Senator Christopher Lawrence Go updates media on the health of President Rodrigo Duterte in an interview on Wednesday after the signing of the Manifesto of Support to the President’s anti-corruption campaign and the introduction of the Katarungan Desk at the Presidential Museum and Library in Malacañang Palace, Manila.

“‘Di siya makatagal sa bahay. Gusto n’ya magtrabaho. Bahay n’ya sa Davao, doon ang comfort zone n’ya. Doon siya nakakapagpahinga at nagtatrabaho. But, rest assured, he is OK,” he said.

(He can’t stay long in the house. He wants to work. His home is in Davao, that is his comfort zone. That is where he can rest and work. But rest assured he is OK.)

Go said Duterte will stay in Davao CIty until Thursday and is scheduled to visit farmers in North Cotabato on Friday to listen to their concerns.

“Nanawagan sila sa Pangulo kaya ang sabi naman ng Pangulo, pupuntahan niya sila. Siya mismo ang pupunta at makikinig sa mga farmers. Kita niyo naman, trabaho pa rin,” he said.

(They have called on the President so the President said he would go to them. He will personally go to the farmers to listen to them. So you see, he is still at work.)
 

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