By: Elena Grace Flores
President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s meeting with leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Moro National Liberation Front in Davao City before the week ended in the late hours of 9:30PM showed their unity in pursuing for the Federal change of government system. The said meeting was attended by Moro Islamic Liberation Front or MILF chairman Al-Hajj Murad Ebrahim and his first vice-chairman Ghadzali Jaafar. Then on the Moro National Liberation Front side, leader Datu Abul Khayr Alonto also did not miss the gathering among the important people of incoming president Duterte’s government.
Just after winning the presidency, President Duterte vowed to fight side by side with the Sultanate of Sulu for the Sabah claim. The Sultanate’s group is another prominent Muslim entity that was always excluded by the Aquino administration during talks with the government with regards to the peace process in Mindanao and other security or territorial issues.
Now that all three come to terms in support of Duterte’s plans, brotherhood among the Muslim factions is seen to be blossoming. The MNLF chairman was quoted as saying; “it is time to accept that a “centralized form of government is a dismal failure” as it is the reason “why there is war in Mindanao.” In short, each territory can formulate processes and projects tailored for their needs – and no need to wait for the Executive office to tell them what’s good for them.
On the other hand, Alonto’s wish that the “good aspects of the Bangsamoro Basic Law will be retained,” can very well come true since Duterte is supportive of Bongbong Marcos’ plan to redraft the Bangsamoro Law during Aquino’s time. Alonto is also positive on the MILF and MNLF’s unity under Duterte in God’s perfect time. With the growing anti-Muslim propaganda around the world, this is the very first gesture of friendship among these warring factions – justifying prophecy on united Muslim soldiers to be at par with China’s growing power in the next World War that would be Islamic Forces vs anti-Christ.