By Mario Casayuran
Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon said on Thursday the threat of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari to go to war if a federal form of government is not adopted has provided the single most important argument against it.
‘’No one should be allowed to threaten the very existence of the Republic if his or her demand is not granted by the government,’’ Drilon, a former Senate President and Justice Secretary of the late President Cory Aquino, said.
After waging a secessionist war that started during the Marcos regime, Misuari signed a peace agreement with the Ramos administration in September 1996.
President Duterte said Misuari issued the threat in their meeting in Malacanang last Wednesday night.
But Senator Panfilo M. Lacson, chairman of the Senate public order and dangerous drugs committee, said that what was more important was keeping Misuari close, or by the side of the president, or at least within close monitoring range of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), given the transition period of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM)
‘’By making public that part of his conversation with Misuari, the President is actually still pursuing and campaigning for federalism,’’ he said.
Misuari met with the President upon his return from his trip to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Morocco.
The MNLF leader told the President that his group wanted a federal system because it was an undelivered promise of former President Cory Aquino.