Visayan solons ask Misuari to drop new secessionist bid PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 August 2013 13:06

Two Visayan solons on Sunday appealed to former Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Chairman Nur Misuari not to bungle this great opportunity for peace to reign in Mindanao, ruined by decades of fighting between Filipino brothers.

Iloilo Rep. Jerry Trenas (Lone District) said Misuari’s declaration that the MNLF is reverting to its secessionist past is very unfortunate especially now that the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is close to signing a permanent peace agreement which would pave the way for the creation of a Bangsamoro political entity.

Trenas pointed out that Misuari had his chance to prove to the world his worth as a leader of the Bangsamoro people but blew it largely because of his failure to unite his own people.

“He had his chance, more than enough time, to lead the country’s Muslim region through the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao. It’s time for him to let his brothers share the burden of leadership,” Trenas stressed.

“It is clear that his declaration of independence, which in any language would mean an open declaration of rebellion against the republic, is clearly a desperate effort to derail the expected peace agreement between the MILF and the Aquino government,” the Ilonggo lawmaker added.

Trenas also appealed to the MNLF leader not so sacrifice his followers to destroy the road to permanent peace.

“Misuari and his followers can play very important roles under the anticipated peace accord with the MILF if only they are willing to let national interest reign over personal motives. I cannot help but conclude that what Misuari is now insisting is just to mend and feed his broken ego and hide the truth that he failed his own people,” Trenas pointed out.

Western Samar Rep. Mel Senen Sarmiento (First District) also appealed to Misuari to stop agitating the members of the MNLF who are already living in peace and instead, he should help in ensuring the peace process to succeed.

Sarmiento said that if Misuari is truly concerned with the well-being of the Bangsamoro people, he and his followers should rally behind government efforts to bring peace in Mindanao.

He said that instead of feeling rejected following the government’s decision to also pursue peace negotiations with the MILF, Misuari should embrace the fact that the success of the peace talks will cement his legacy as one of the foremost Muslim leaders who took the first brave step towards the realization of peace in Mindanao.

By turning his back on the 1996 peace agreement forged between the government and the MNLF, Misuari will be also throwing away everything that he had achieved for the Bangsamoro people, Sarmiento pointed out.

He strongly appealed to Misuari that now is his best chance to prove his sincerity that he is fighting for peace and development in Mindanao so that Muslims will have a fair share of prosperity being promoted by the national government through the most anticipated peace accord with the MILF.

“I still refuse to believe that Misuari is slowly betraying selfish designs behind the mask of leading an independent Muslim region,” Sarmiento lamented, adding that the most important ingredient of effective leadership is the readiness to sacrifice self interest.

It can be recalled that Misuari declared “independence” and announced that he is turning his back on the 1996 peace agreement signed by the government and the MNLF.