'Without justice, there can never be an end to the war in Mindanao'
THE FOUNDER of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) was in exile in Libya when Marcos fell. He returned to Mindanao in 1986, confident that the wrongs of history would finally be righted. Misuari talked peace with the new regime and eventually signed a peace agreement with the Ramos government in 1996. He was elected governor of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao the same year. In 2001, as his term was about to end, he declared war against the government and his men engaged the military in battle. He was arrested and has spent the last four years in detention in Laguna.
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