abs-cbnNEWS.com | 12/01/2009 5:32 PM
MANILA - Moro National Liberation Front founder Nur Misuari on Tuesday said he will be running for governor of Sulu province under the banner of the Bangon Pilipinas party of Jesus is Lord founder and leader Bro. Eddie Villanueva.
Misuari, who is a former governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, said his decision to join next year's election "was brought about by my obsession to achieve peace in Mindanao."
Misuari earlier said that he might face incumbent Sulu governor Abdul Sakur Tan and Sulu Rep. Munir Arbison in the gubernatorial race next year. Sakur Tan is a first-term governor, while Arbison is a third-term congressman representing the province’s second district.
The former MNLF chairman also ran in 2007 for the same post, but he finished behind Sakur Tan and former Governor Benjamin Loong.
Bangon Pilipinas issued its Certificate of Nomination to Misuari and his slate that includes Sondosiea Abdurajak for Vice-Governor, Samsula Adju for Representative of the First District of Sulu, Ahmad Jinnul for the Second District, and other major positions for both the provincial and municipal levels.
Villanueva, the Bangon Pilipinas standard bearer, welcomed Misuari’s alliance with Bangon Pilipinas.
“Today, not only that Muslims and Christians unite for a common cause, but also MNLF (Moro National Liberation Front) and MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) meets eye to eye on the path to finally achieve the seemingly elusive reconciliation, peace, and development in Mindanao," he said in a statement.
Bangon Pilipinas’ senatorial slate includes theologian and former journalist Zafrullah Alonto who also brought with him the support of the MILF.
Bro. Eddie said that the unity between the MNLF and the MILF will have a crucial role to play in the National Peace and Development Commission that Bangon Pilipinas plans to establish. With a report from Newsbreak
as of 12/01/2009 5:32 PM