Mindanao, South Philippines
Press Release, 9 January 2002
conspiracy forged at the highest level of governmental
authority." This is how a top-ranking leader of the Moro
National Liberation Front (MNLF) characterized the deportation
of Chairman Nur Misuari to the Philippines from Kuala Lumpur
exclusive satellite phone interview with Ustaz Murshi Ibrahim,
the secretary general of the MNLF Central Committee, he said
that the Malaysian government had connived with its Manila
counterpart in bringing back Misuari despite the latter's
expressed intent to apply for political asylum with the United
Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).
refouled to enemy territory is clearly against international
human rights," Ustaz Murshi said, emphasizing that the
former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) regional
governor personifies the Moro nation among figures in the
Nur is the stalwart symbol of Moro statehood and he remains the
rallying hope for our people's aspirations and liberation,"
to Ustaz Murshi, the Saudi Arabian-schooled Islamic scholar and
freedom fighter, the Bangsamoro people, especially the
radicalized young generation today, can never forget this black
episode in their march to total freedom and national
independence. He even lay blame on Malaysian authority for being
the willing partner of Malacanang in this conspiracy just for
the sake of short-sighted motivation, the national and political
enemy of our fight for self-determination can hatch a hundred
conspiracies to liquidate the MNLF and its leadership, as it had
done in the past, but the schemes will only nurture the roots of
our aspiration," assures Ustaz Murshi. He added that they
can put their leader in jail, but the revolution transcends bars
can imprison Brother Nur, but the revolution can never be
caged," he added. Despite Misuari's detention in Fort Sto.
Domingo, in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, 900 kms. away from his homeland
Mindanao, his people's general sentiments towards him and the
ideals he fights for soar high.
unholy deal between Malaysian authority and the Arroyo regime,
the Bangsamoro Armed Forces (BAF), the soldiers of the MNLF,
remain optimistic, and even vocalized their sentiment that it is
the Sabah issue that framed this deal.
territory you call Sabah belongs to the Taosug Bangsamoros--legally,
rightfully and historically," Ustaz Murshi said,
prophesizing that they will survive as a liberation movement, as
a nation and as a people amidst the ballistic, diplomatic and
political attacks mounted by the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
government against them.
cue from the struggle of the South African people, he has been
reminding his soldiers of the experience of Nelson Mandela, the
supreme leader of the African National Council, who was
imprisoned by the Pretoria regime for 27 years, up to the late
1980s. The ANC, with Mandela in jail, won their fight for
freedom and democracy.
Bangsamoro people and the MNLF can learn from the experience of
the South African people," he said.