Misuari dared to face raps in Zambo siege
Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) - August 27, 2014 - 4:43pm

MANILA, Philippines - The military on Wednesday dared Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founder Nur Misuari to face the cases against him following reports that the fugitive Muslim leader surfaced recently in Sulu.

“Because of his role in the attack of Zamboanga City last year, Nur Misuari should take responsibility by submitting himself to the rule of law and face the consequences of his group's actions,” Armed Forces public affairs chief Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said in a text message.

Zagala said the attack, which left more than 200 persons dead, caused suffering to the people of Zamboanga.

“As he (Misuari) is wanted by law, he is subject to law enforcement operations led by the PNP (Philippine National Police), supported by AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines),” he said.

The MNLF  has claimed that  Misuari surfaced in Sulu and led flag-raising ceremonies to reiterate the independence of the so-called Federated States of Bangsamoro Republik.

Misuari was reportedly in full battle gear as he called on his followers to fight their right to self-determination.

“The AFP is still validating reports of Nur Misuari's reappearance in Sulu,” Zagala said.

The MNLF founder, along with 60 of his followers, is facing criminal cases over the Zamboanga crisis which crippled economic activity in the city.

A total of 208 MNLF members and 20 soldiers were killed during the crisis, which happened last September, ironically dubbed as the “National Peace Consciousness Month.”

The incident also damaged around P200-million worth of properties.

The 20-day crisis ensued after followers of Misuari tried to hoist their flag at the city hall and held hostage several civilians.
 

ARMED FORCES ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES FEDERATED STATES OF BANGSAMORO REPUBLIK MISUARI MORO NATIONAL LIBERATION FRONT NATIONAL PEACE CONSCIOUSNESS MONTH NUR MISUARI PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE RAMON ZAGALA ZAGALA
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