President Rodrigo Duterte said on March 20 that Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari warned of war if federalism will not be pushed through.
“Meron ako isang revolution pa. Ang MN, sabi ni Misuari kagabi: If you do not give it to me, let me be very honest, I will go to war,” President Duterte said.
“Misuari kagabi, galing siya sa abroad, I allowed him to go out kasi may kaso siya. Sabi ko, “When you come back, come here and we’ll talk.” So kagabi nag-usap kami sa harapan ni General Galvez, sa OPAPP, ni General Esperon. I think Año was there. Basta apat na general,” he said.
President Duterte said Misuari wants federalism as promised by former President Cory Aquino.
“You know, you have to have something like this. We want a federal setup because that was promised by Cory,” Duterte said quoting Misuari.
“Iyan ang inaasahan ng mga Moro para magkaroon naman sila – kaya ikinuwento ko sa inyo ‘yung 1521 ni Magellan. Magkaroon, mabawi nila ‘yung mga lupa na inagaw ng mga pari, mga Español pati Amerikano,” the President added.