Nur Misuari Losing Control On Own LeadersJanuary 22, 2008 at 9:30 am | Posted in 1 | Leave a comment
Eleven ranking leaders of the front, some of them members of the defunct “Council of 15,” which took over the MNLF’s leadership from Nur Misuari in April 2000, have sent a letter to the Organization of Islamic Conference questioning the propriety of Misuari’s designation of non-MNLF members to the five “joint working groups,” or JWGs, that are involved in the on-going review of the peace agreement.
The five JWGs, comprised of government representatives, officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, and those chosen by Misuari to represent the MNLF, are now studying the possible enhancement of the 11-year-old truce, based on five areas: education; Sharia; political representation of Moros; regional security force; and natural resources.
Last week’s letter of the complaining MNLF leaders on the composition of the front’s JWGs was addressed to the OIC’s Southern Philippines Peace Committee, which is composed of representatives from Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Egypt, Somalia, Turkey, Senegal, Malaysia, and Brunei.
The OIC, which helped broker the GRP-MNLF peace agreement, is a pan-Islamic block of more than 50 Muslim countries, including the oil-rich Arab nations.
The 11 signatories to the letter assailing Misuari’s choice of representatives to the JWG — Hatimil Hassan, Abou Amri Taddik, Habib Mujahab Hashim, Alvarez Isnaji, Ustadhz Abdulmuhmin Mujahid, Uttoh Salem Cutan, Estino Jairi Ayyobie, Abdulkarim Langkuno, Bai Sandra Sema, Romeo Sema, and Aishah Fatima Prudencio — also questioned the propriety of Misuari’s designation of lawyer Randolph Parcasio as chairman of the MNLF’s panel to the tripartite review of the peace agreement.
Parcasio, according to the complaining MNLF leaders, is not an organic member of the front. Parcasio, who is a human rights lawyer, is a known protégé of Misuari and was his executive secretary when he was governor of the ARMM from 1996 to 2001.