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Gov’t sees peace effort role for Misuari

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THE Duterte administration wants Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari to participate in the creation of a peace roadmap.

Presidential peace adviser Jesus Dureza said that Duterte’s government is trying to reach out to Misuari who has been in hiding since the bloody Zamboanga City siege.

“The effort is to bring him out of Indanan,” Dureza said.

Reports said that President Duterte and Misuari have already talked over the phone regarding the peace roadmap

But Dureza clarified that they will follow the legal process.
   
“The warrant is out and he is considered a fugitive. Any effort to get him out have to go through the legal process, we cannot short cut. Whatever it will be, we will have to comply with the legal process,” he said.
   
Dureza said Misuari’s lawyers can have his case reviewed.
   
“It is for his lawyers to initiate reinvestigation of his case. If given due course, then you move for the lifting of the warrant of arrest. …” he said.
   
Misuari is the subject of a warrant of arrest issued in 2013 over the 20-day-long Zamboanga City siege, which led to the deaths of over 200 people and the displacement of thousands of others.
   
The issuance of arrest warrants came after the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed rebellion charges and violation of the International Humanitarian Law against Misuari, MNLF commander Habier Malik and 60 others.