By Genalyn Kabiling
The government is working out a “happy compromise for all” amid its peace initiatives with Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari, President Duterte said Sunday.
The President admitted that he could not give everything to Misuari but assured him that he could deliver a majority of the peace efforts in the south.
“Misuari has been biding his time. He said it will depend on Duterte’s timetable. I told Nur na hintay ka lang [to please wait] but we will come up with a happy compromise for all,” Duterte said during the launch of the “Prosper Thy Neighbor” book written by former President Fidel V. Ramos at the Manila Hotel.
“I may not be able to give you everything but in a scale of one to 10, if I can deliver about six, that would be good,” he added, without giving details.
The President issued the remarks after the government passed the law seeking to create the Bangsamoro autonomous region.
The envisioned region, that will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), is part of the peace deal forged by the Aquino government with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the breakaway group of Misuari’s MNLF. A plebiscite will still be held to implement the law.
MIsuari earlier served as ARMM governor after the MNLF signed a peace deal with the Ramos government.
Duterte previously said he could give MIsuari “autonomy” pending moves to shift to the federal form of government. A draft federal Charter has been proposed by a commission created by the President. Congress has also started discussions on proposed amendments to the Constitution to make way for federal government.
The last time the President met Misuari was in Davao City last August. The two affirmed the mutual desire for peace in Mindanao.