2,000 MNLF soldiers to help the government against Maute Group and become legit members of AFP

President Rodrigo Duterte announced that he has accepted the offer extended by Moro National Liberation Front founding chairman and former ...

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President Rodrigo Duterte announced that he has accepted the offer extended by Moro National Liberation Front founding chairman and former ARMM governor Nur Misuari for 2,000 of his fighters to join the government forces fight against Maute Terrorist Group in Marawi City.

He announced the offer during the sidelines of his tour to the visiting Japanese warship JS Izumo, at Alava Pier in Subic Bay.

The President noted that the fighters who willing to join the fight of the government will become “integrees,” or members of rebel groups who will be joined to the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Misuari has offered to ask his troops of the MNLF, the able-bodied ones still, to fight with government, and I accepted the offer,” Duterte said.


“He has offered 2,000 and I said I’m willing to take in 2,000 as regular members of the Armed Forces of the government,” he added.

Duterte said that despite of his will to offer the same arrangement with the New People’s Army (NPA), he clarified that the Communist rebels may just surrender to the government and not join the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

But the President vowed that when the communists rebels decided to surrender, he will give them houses and expand the Land Reform program of the government.
“That offer also goes to the NPAs. Kayong ayaw na ninyong mag-away—I’m not asking you to join my force, you just surrender and I will give you the houses, and I will expand the Land Reform program of the government. Ako na maghahanap ng pera,” he said.

“‘Yung gustong magsundalo, kung ano ‘yung ranggo mo do’n, ‘yun ang ranggo mo dito. I’m not taking in generals. Ibig sabihin, ‘yung rank-and-file, if you desire to surrender and fight with the government forces, I am taking them in,” he added.

President Rodrigo Duterte also said that integrees will no longer need training to go to war because they had already experienced it.

AFP spokesman Restituto Padilla, however, said the recruitment of rebels into the military has to undergo some processes.

On 2013, members of MNLF occupied Zamboanga City that caused stand off between the rebel group and Armed Forces of the Philippines. The government even labeled them as terrorist before.

However, Nur Misueari, the founding chairman of MNLF denied that he led the Zamboanga Siege that lasted 2 weeks and six days.


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