Stalwarts of Moro struggle reunited
Stalwarts of the Moro struggle had a reunion last night, Sept. 30, during the culmination of the National Peace Consciousness Month and the 26th founding anniversary of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).
The ceremony was held at the Philippine International Convention Center and was broadcast live on social media.
Among the guests were Moro revolutionary leaders, along with other erstwhile revolutionaries in the Cordillera and Central Visayas who have inked their respective peace agreements with the government.
Upon the invitation of OPAPP, Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founder Nur Misuari graced the occasion.
Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chair Murad Ebrahim, who is also Bangsamoro interim chief minister was present, as well as former MNLF secretary-general Muslimen Sema, who is also a former mayor of Cotabato City.
The reunion was historic as the three personalities of the Moro revolution have not been in one roof together for many years, mainly owing to the diverging path they have taken in their search for the fruition of the goal of self-determination.
All originally from the MNLF, a faction split in 1977 led by then vice-chair Salamat Hashim, formally named the MILF in 1984.
Sema split from Misuari’s wing in 2001.
The three factions of the Moro cause hold sway among a large swath of the Bangsamoro people.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation has initiated the creation of the Bangsamoro Coordination Forum as a platform for the three factions to come together behind the Moro cause.
Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the presidential adviser on peace, reconciliation, and unity, expressed hope the seemingly coincidental reunion of the three Moro stalwarts would augur well for the long-sought unity for the Bangsamoro cause.
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