MILF welcomes Duterte in Camp Darapanan

THE Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) welcomed presidential candidate, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, to Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao Saturday noon.Arriving via helicopter, Duterte was welcomed by MILF vice chair Ghazali Jaafar and introduced the mayor to the members of the MILF Central Committee and other officials.

Jaafar called Duterte as "the next president" who returned the introduction with a smile.Duterte quickly clarified though that he is not campaigning at the MILF camp knowing that the group has always been apolitical. He said he just wanted to clearly state his plan for Mindanao and on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) issue if ever he is elected.Before Duterte's arrival, Jaafar said that they are not endorsing any candidate and will let every member of the MILF to vote for his/her choice candidate.

The MILF leader, however, admitted that he is impressed with the way Duterte handled Davao City and how it became progressive and developed.Jaafar said they hope that if ever Duterte becomes president, what happened in Davao City would be replicated all over the country.Jaafar said that what they welcome most in Duterte's platform is the elimination of drugs under his administration.He said that illegal drugs is haram (prohibited) to Islam and will never be tolerated in the MILF territory.

Jaafar also asked Duterte of his plan for the BBL revival under his administration to which the mayor said that the all MILF territories under the BBL agreement will be recognized by him plus some.Duterte said he would also be carving out territories for Tausugs, Samals, Yakans and other Muslim groups other than the MILF.Jaafar, meanwhile, said that the passage of the BBL is the only solution to the growing extremism in Mindanao.

Jaafar said that the extremist fighters are actually Bangsamoro heroes who are already fed up by the National government's failed promises. Duterte reacted to Jaafar's statement with an assurance that if that is really what the MILF wanted, then he would ask Congress for the urgent passage of the BBL. He said he will just incorporate BBL to the federal form of government later.

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