Medialdea: Gov’t wants “gentleman’s agreement” with Misuari’s MNLF, not formal peace pact

President Rodrigo Duterte in a meeting with Moro National Liberation Front chair Nur Misuari on Aug. 22, 2018. /Malacañang/

(Eagle News)—-The government is not looking to ink a written peace agreement with the Moro National Liberation Front, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said on Thursday, Feb. 28.

According to Medialdea, what the government wanted was “more of a gentleman’s (agreement).”

“Mag-usap na lang tayo dito para magtulungan na lang tayo’,” he said.

Medialdea issued the clarification after President Rodrigo Duterte said in a speech on Tuesday, Feb. 26, that he had ordered Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Carlito Galvez Jr. to craft a new deal for Nur Misuari’s MNLF.

The MNLF  signed a peace agreement with the government in 1996.

The pact allowed for the creation of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, of which Misuari was governor.

Following the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law, though, the ARMM was replaced by the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Moro Islamic Liberation Front chair Murad Ebrahin was appointed BARMM ad interim minister.