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May pagbabanta! Duterte, Misuari discuss federalism

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte said he met Tuesday evening with Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari to discuss federalism.

“So kagabi nag-usap kami sa harapan ni General Galvez, sa OPAPP, General Esperon. I think Año was there. Basta apat na general. Sabi ni Misuari, sabi ko, ‘Let us talk sa iyo’. Sabi niya, ‘O sige. Pero ito ang gusto ko, federalism’. Sabi ko, ‘Kung wala ng iba, ‘yung federalism huwag nating kalimutan pass by Congress’,” according to him.

Duterte said Misuari advised him to shift to a federal form of government to fulfil the promise of then President Corazon Aquino to the Moro people.

“Nung pumunta siya noong EDSA. Pumunta siya nakipag-usap siya kay Misuari. She promised a federal system. Iyan ang inaasahan ng mga Moro para magkaroon naman sila — kaya ikwekwento ko sa inyo ‘yung 1521, ‘yung Magella. Magkaroon, mabawi nila ‘yung mga lupa na inagaw ng mga pari, mga Español pati Amerikano. Kasi pag-alis ng Amerikano, nagbigay sila ng lupa to a favored few, tag-1,000 hectares each. So ‘yung mga munsipyo ngayon, those were landed estates of the rich, mga Español. Over time, hindi mag-trabaho. Siyempre naubos. Instik na ang mga may-ari ngayon ‘yan,” he explained.

The Chief Executive added that the MNLF leader threatened to go to war if the planned shift to federalism will not push through.

“Sabi ni Misuari kagabi, if you do not give it to me, let me be very honest. I will go to war. Sabi ko, I understand that Nur. So ganito na lang gawin natin. Let’s form a panel because you have to inform the people. We cannot negotiate secretly here. Sabi ko, para day-to-day they will be briefed kung ano ang outcome — how gusto mong ma-apply ‘yang federal system sa gusto mo. Kagaya ba ng B — ‘yung BOL o a different type,” Duterte said.