Misuari fooled his men: Palace-A A +A
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
MORO National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari has deceived his people, a Palace official said Wednesday.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that the MNLF leader was only concern of himself for sending his followers to Zamboanga City.
"Nur Misuari's only concern is himself. This is the attitude of Nur Misauri towards himself, towards his people, towards his MNLF which he has deceived," he said in a press briefing.
Some of those Misuari's followers who were either captured or surrendered claimed that they were told to go to Zamboanga to attend a peaceful rally and they were promised to be given with arms.
One of Misuari's spokespersons, on the other hand, reportedly said that the supposed gathering in Zamboanga was a "war for independence."
"So it's clear, the grand deception of Nur Misuari was to fool the MNLF people into believing that this is for them, which is not totally true," Lacierda said.
The government troops have continued to pursue the remaining members of MNLF Misuari-faction in Zamboanga City.
But despite that, Lacierda said that life in Zamboanga has been returning to normal citing the resumption of classes in 149 elementary and secondary schools, the daily trips of ships to Tawi-Tawi, and the operation of the biggest mall there.
"So we are now returning, hopefully...full normalcy in areas that which are no longer affected by the conflict in Zamboanga City and, hopefully, we will recover soon," he said.
Lacierda said he was not in the position to say that the Zamboanga standoff was over.
He said it would be up to the people on the ground to declare that.
He also said that the visit here of United States President Barack Obama next month was not a "benchmark" for the government to say that the crisis was resolved.
"We’re not looking at the visit of President Obama as a benchmark (for) us to end. It’s not. Our benchmark is to safeguard the hostages," he said. (SDR/Sunnex)