by ROGER M. BALANZA
What about the MNLF?
Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has praised President Benigno Aquino for his backdoor approach to talking peace with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), but advised the government should also engage the Moro National Liberation Front (MILF) in new talks.
Last week, Aquino met in private with top MILF leaders in Tokyo, even as there is formal peace negotiation with the secessionist Moro group.
Both MILF and MNLF claim to represent the Bangsamoro people in Mindanao.
The MNLF of Professor Nur Misuari has struck a peace agreement with the Philippine government , but the MNLF remains edgy over government’s alleged inability to execute many of its provisions of the Peace Pact.
For as long as Aquino’s meeting lead to productive results, I have no qualms, said Duterte. But what about the MNLF?
With Duterte as the then city mayor, Davao City played crucial role in the GRP-MNLF Peace Agreement by hosting several pre-pact signing meetings between Nur Misuari and the government peace panel.
On the Tokyo meet, Duterte said President Aquino should be transparent about issues discussed there.
There is something cooking that the public should know, he said at the Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa television program on ABS/CBN on Sunday.
Even as the president took the backdoor route, President Aquino should not be judged now, he said.
History will tell if his effort would lead to long-term results for peace in Mindanao, he said.