Saturday, October 13, 2012

Iqbal: Thinker, tough on issues, soft on people

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer (Oct 14): Iqbal: Thinker, tough on issues, soft on people

Mohagher Iqbal is the public face of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).  But Iqbal, now in his 60s, is a very private person, talking very little about himself in interviews with journalists. He does not talk about his family either, keeping the privacy of his relatives through his silence. Iqbal, who hails from Maguindanao, joined the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in 1972 just after earning a university degree....  Being head of the MILF’s committee on information, Iqbal is called the rebel group’s “think tank.” But he is known more among his peers in the MILF for his being softhearted, especially toward ordinary people. In public, however, Iqbal appears as a grizzled, iron-willed warrior. “Be tough on issues, be soft on people,” Iqbal, who has led the MILF peace panel since 2004, said. And that, he said, is his guiding principle....

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