NORTH Cotabato Governor Jesus Sacdalan and members of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have joined forces in criticizing Vice Governor Emmanuel Pinol, a known Moro rebel critic.

In a report by, Sacdalan was said to have hit Piñol for "continuously advocating anti-Muslim and anti-lumad attitude."

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"Sacdalan has urged the people of North Cotabato not to believe so much on what Piñol is telling the people regarding Moro issues especially on the current peace negotiations between Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the MILF," the report said.

Sacdalan was quoted as saying that Piñol is trying to revive the issue on memorandum of agreement on ancestral domain (MOA-AD) and trying to get involved in the government-MILF peace process.

"Sacdalan said, as far as negotiation is concerned, Piñol has no authority to speak for and behalf of the government because he is not a member of the government peace panel. It is the responsibility of the government panel to inform the people on what has transpired on the peace negotiations between the government and the MILF," the Luwaran report stated.

The governor said Piñol "is creating hatred and animosity among Muslims and Christians in North Cotabato and [he] had grabbed the lands of Muslims and lumads in North Cotabato."

The vice governor has long been denying such accusation from the Moro rebels. (BOT)