Quantcast
Latest Stories

MNLF threatens to sue PH gov’t at ICJ over peace deal with MILF

By

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — Moro National Liberation Front leader Nur Misuari  threatened, on Tuesday, to file in court a suit against the Philippine government for signing a framework agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to pave the way for the setting up of a new Bangsamoro entity that would replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Misuari, in an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer, called the preliminary agreement between the Philippine government and the MILF illegal and something that would never solve the Mindanao problem.

“Instead of solving, this will plunge Mindanao to another war that the Philippine government cannot afford to have at this time,” he said, adding that MNLF members have remained “alive and kicking” through the years.

Believing that the framework agreement violated international laws, Misuari said the MNLF could sue the Philippine government before the International Court of Justice.  The MNLF signed a peace agreement with the Philippine government under the Ramos administration, in 1996, to set up the ARMM.

“This is illegal, we can bring President (Benigno Simeon) Aquino (III) to the International Court, the criminal court, for violating International Law,” he said.

Misuari said what made the framework agreement illegal was the 1996 peace accord that the government had signed with the MNLF.

The accord, he said, was internationally recognized.

“The Philippine Constitution says that this nation is committed to respect International Law, as part of the law of the land. The (1996) Peace Agreement was based on the United Nations charter,” he said.

Misuari also criticized the forging of the framework agreement as “a misguided act on the part of the government.”

“To think that the head of the government peace panel is the head of the UP College of Law, Marvic (Leonen) is a good lawyer, bakit nakalimutan na ba ni Marvic yung International Law. I am a UP law student and UP is a respecter of the International Law,” Misuari added.

The 70-year-old Moro leader also said President Aquino has put to waste his mother’s support for the peace agreement with the MNLF.

“His mother upheld strongly the peace agreement with the MNLF. His father Ninoy also supported the peace process. Sad because after their deaths, it seems that the son is now quite lost,” Misuari said.

He recounted that when he and Cory privately talked about the peace process on Sept. 5, 1986, Aquino was a witness.

“There was this small boy who joined his mother in Sulu. The mother was escorted by Juan Ponce Enrile, Gregorio Honasan, Butch Aquino and former President Fidel Ramos. I told Cory that I want to speak with her in private and she told the rest of her group to leave the room except for one boy, who took photos of me and his mother. It was Noynoy and he witnessed how strongly his mother expressed her commitment to the peace talks,” Misuari said.

Misuari maintained that the 1996 Peace Agreement is incomparable with the framework agreement with the MILF.

“It’s heaven and earth ang difference niyan. In the framework it only covers 5 provinces, while in the Tripoli Agreement, the territories  (span) 13 provinces,” he said.

Misuari said “a wide consultation was slated” to be held in Davao City over the framework agreement and he was expecting a large number of MNLF members to attend.

He also warned of a major trouble because the MNLF felt it was back-stabbed.

“We have been watching, we’ve been quiet, tolerant, silent, complacent, kahit na binabastos na kami (even if we’ve been at the receiving end of rudeness). Despite our silence for how many decades, we are still strong, only the people of Mindanao know the real meaning of peace. We are ready for anything,” he said.


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: court suits , courts , International Court of Justice , international tribunals , Moro Islamic Liberation Front , Moro National Liberation Front , News , Nur Misuari , peace negotiations , peace process , Peace Talks , Philippine Government , Regions , trials and litigation




Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  2. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  3. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  4. Massive infra spending set
  5. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  6. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  7. Passengers denied chance to escape sinking South Korea ferry
  8. South Korea president shouted down by distraught parents
  9. Two Popes who would be saints
  10. Lacson’s wife loses diamond earring to thieves but recovers jewelry quickly with police arrest
  1. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  2. Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling tries to leave PH
  3. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  4. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  5. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  6. MH370 co-pilot made mid-flight phone call – report
  7. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  8. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  9. Massive infra spending set
  10. OFW brings MERS virus to Philippines
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Model Helena Belmonte wished ‘to slash her wrist and hope to die’
  5. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  6. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  7. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  8. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’
  9. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  10. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia
Advertisement

News

  • Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’–report
  • Pakistan library named ‘bin Laden,’ as memory fades
  • US teacher fired over comment on black president
  • Magnitude-7.5 earthquake shakes Mexican capital
  • Title of new Hillary Clinton book: ‘Hard Choices’
  • Sports

  • Motivated LeBron James preps for postseason
  • Nadal ousted by Ferrer in Monte Carlo quarters
  • Pacquiao shorts in Bradley fight sold for P1.7M in LA auction
  • Ryu pitches Dodgers past Giants
  • Alonso sets the pace in Chinese GP practice
  • Lifestyle

  • Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • Entertainment

  • Myx TV premieres Asian American ‘docu-series’
  • A nutty finale for ‘Scandal,’ TV’s craziest show
  • EXO postpones release of mini album ‘Overdose’
  • ‘X-men’ filmmaker slams ‘fabricated’ sex attack claims
  • Singer Chris Brown’s bodyguard on trial in DC
  • Business

  • US commerce secretary spells out economic facet of ‘pivot to Asia’
  • Italy sells luxury state cars on eBay
  • Asian shares mostly up in quiet trade
  • Dollar up in Asia on US jobs data, Ukraine deal
  • Barbie doll has a problem
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Multicultural flock marks Good Friday in San Francisco
  • Las Vegas ‘Pinoy Pride’ fest hails Filipino heritage
  • Marking Jesus’ journey on Good Friday
  • Filipina accomplice arrested for fake bills in Malaysia
  • DoH denies Filipino nurse no longer positive for MERS virus
  • Marketplace
    Advertisement