President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Moro National Liberation Front Chairman Nur Misuari during a meeting at the Presidential Guest House in Panacan, Davao City on June 3, 2017. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
By GLORIA SELOZA / UPDATE.PH
President Rodrigo Duterte, during his visit to Japan’s biggest warship, announced that he accepted Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari’s offer of 2,000 fighters who are still physically fit to fight terrorists in Mindanao. “I accepted the offer,” the President said as quoted by Inquirer.net. “We have always been accepting integrees from the MNLF.” MNLF fighters will be joining the Armed Forces of the Philippines as integrees. Duterte and Misuari met on Saturday at the Presidential Guest House in Panacan, Davao City. Misuari was accompanied by his wife and son. The President said NPA rebels are also welcome to be integrated to the AFP or they could surrender and receive benefits under the government’s reform program. “That offer also goes to the NPAs. Kayong ayaw na ninyo mag-away, I’m not asking you to join my force. You just surrender and I’ll give you the houses and I will expand the land reform program of the government. Ako yung maghanap ng pera,” he said. But Duterte said the offer does not extend to NPA commanders. “Yung gustong magsundalo, kung ano ‘yung ranggo mo do’n, ‘yun ang ranggo mo dito. I’m not taking ‘yung mga generals. The rank and file, if they desire to surrender and be with the – tonight with the government forces, I am taking them in as soldiers of the Republic,” he said.