President Rodrigo Duterte has warmly received Moro National Liberation Front founding chairman Nur Misuari for the fourth time since he became the Chief Executive.
Duterte and Misuari met in Malacañang on Thursday with the MNLF leader's wife Tarhata, their son Abdulkarim, Yahodza Simpal, Utadz Abdul Asiz Amenudddi, and Yaser Lumbos, according to the caption of the photos released.
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Pres. Duterte welcomed MNLF founding chair Nur Misuari in Malacañang earlier today too. : Palace
Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra told reporters after the Mindanao Hour in Malacañang that Misuari repeated his willingness to cooperate with the government for the future of the Bangsamoro.
"Reiteration lang ni Misuari na he will participate, his group, peacefully in the Bangsamoro self-determination," he said on Friday.
Meanwhile, the RTVM video caption said that Duterte entertained Misuari because of the MNLF's "willingness to cooperate with the administration’s campaign against illegal drugs, criminality and terrorism in Mindanao."
The footage showed that the two leaders immediately embraced each other when they met, like they always do.
Misuari last set foot in Malacañang on July 19 with the government and MNLF peace implementing panels.
Duterte and the MNLF leader also met in Davao City on March 28.
But Misuari first resurfaced in public when Duterte invited him to Malacañang on Nov. 3, 2016 after the Pasig Regional Trial Court Branch 158 decided to suspend the MNLF leader's trial and arrest warrant for the 20-day siege on Zamboanga City in 2013.