Panfilo “Ping” Lacson urged the government to ask the court to put in jail Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari.
Lacson also slammed the call of Misuari for amnesty for the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) that has claimed responsibility for several bombing incidents in recent years.
“Just by merely asking that the Abu Sayyaf be granted amnesty smacks of bad faith and scheming tactic on the part of Misuari. He is surely aware that we do not negotiate with terrorists,” said Lacson in a statement.
President Rodrigo Duterte has already rejected the proposal of Misuari to include the Abu Sayyaf in the government’s peace talks with the MNLF.
“While the AFP [Armed Forces of the Philippines] is in a relentless pursuit of a nearly decimated band of terrorists, here comes Misuari having the audacity to suggest amnesty,” said Lacson.
“To think of our soldiers as well as their kidnap victims being tortured, mutilated and beheaded would be enough to make even the most decent human being think of retribution and vengeance,” the senator added.
Lacson also said the government should not have suspended the trial and arrest of Misuari.
A Pasig City court recently granted Misuari’s motion to suspend court proceedings and the enforcement of arrest warrants for six months to allow him to participate in the peace talks.
An arrest warrant was issued in 2013 against Misuari and three others over a 20-day attack in Zamboanga City, which killed over 200 people and displaced thousands others.
The Department of Justice also filed rebellion charges and violation of the International Humanitarian Law (Republic Act 9851) against Misuari, MNLF commander Habier Malik, and 60 others.
“The government should seriously consider asking the court that suspended Misuari’s warrant of arrest to immediately reinstate the same and put him in jail,” said Lacson.