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    Philippine peace pact threatened

    THE Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) has threatened to launch fresh attacks in Southern Philippines a day after the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Philippine government signed a peace pact.
    Speaking for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) formerly headed by Governor Nur Misuari, MNLF spokesman Absalom Cerveza issued the threat on Wednesday at dawn.
    “Certainly, that would lead to another war. They can sign everything. If they want to continue, then let the war continue,” Cerveza said.
    Cerveza was referring to the signing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia of the annex on power sharing in the framework agreement between the government and the MILF.
    He said the signing of the annex on the power sharing agreement further convinced the group to pursue its desire for a separate and independent state in Mindanao.
    The peace deal is aimed at establishing a Bangsamoro state in Muslim Mindanao for the MILF, a breakaway of the MNLF.
    The government is moving to downplay the influence of Misuari over the MNLF by declaring that the group is divided into three factions.
    A few months after the MILF entered into an agreement with the government, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) came into existence, which is also seeking its own separate state. It is headed by Ameril Umbra Kato, one of the MILF commanders.
    Misuari went into hiding after he was tagged as the Zamboanga siege mastermind that killed hundreds of people. A warrant of arrest has been issued against him.
    The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has dared Misuari to come out in the open to prove his innocence on the charges of rebellion and other related crimes.
    Meanwhile, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles has reportedly asked the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) to exclude Misuari as MNLF representative to the scheduled tripartite meeting in Indonesia early next year.
    The tripartite meeting between the government, the MNLF and the OIC is aimed at updating parties and the international community on the progress of the 1996 Peace Agreement that the government signed with the MNLF.

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