New MNLF chairman vows full support for government’s peace efforts in Mindanao

Published December 3, 2020, 12:52 PM

by Nonoy Lacson

ZAMBOANGA CITY — Newly installed Chairman of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF)  Muslimin Sema has vowed full support for the peace efforts of the government in Mindanao.

MNLF Chairman Muslimin Sema and his delegates with AFP-WestMinCom Chief  Lt Gen Corleto Vinluan, and the officers and staff at the AFP-WestMinCom headquarters in Zamboanga City. (Via Nonoy Lacson/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Sema, and his ground troops  commanders also promised to support the plans and programs of the Armed Forces of the Philippines – Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WestMinCom).

He gave the assurance  to AFP-WestMinCom Commander Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr.  on  Wednesday during a courtesy call at the command headquarters in Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City.

“Nandito kami upang buhayin at ipagpatuloy ang programa ng MNLF sa pagsuporta sa anti-kidnapping efforts ng ating gobyerno (We are here to continue the program of the MNLF to support the anti-kidnapping efforts of the government,” Sema said.

“We commit to continuously collaborate with and support the Philippine government’s efforts for the attainment of lasting peace in the Bangsamoro region,” he added.

Sema was re-elected chairman of the MNLF following the death of the late Yusoph Jikiri who died of cancer a month ago. 

A GPH-MNLF meeting followed at the AFP- WestMinCom Conference Room and was attended by the 18 MNLF leaders under  Sema,  WestMinCom staff under Lt. Gen. Vinluan, and the Ad Hoc Joint Action Group Action Officer. 

Vinluan  expressed his gratitude to the  MNLF  for taking the time to visit the command and extend its support to the military.

“Let us continue to work together for our common goal and that is to win genuine peace for the Bangsamoro people, ” Vinluan said.

Sema was accompanied by the MNLF’s Vice-Chairman for Foreign Affairs Hatimil Hassan, Vice-Chairman for Political Affairs Romeo Sema (the younger brother of Chairman Sema), and Vice-Chairman for Military Affairs Abakil Jikiri.  (Nonoy E. Lacson)