Misuari not capable of starting war—Lorenzana

By The Manila Times

Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari is no longer capable of waging war because he has lost most of his men to other groups.

“They (MNLF) are still capable of creating trouble like what they did in the Zamboanga City siege. But war? Not anymore,” Lorenzana told reporters in a text message over the weekend.

He explained that Misuari no longer has manpower since most of the rebel leader’s men have “gravitated” to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), following the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

President Rodrigo Duterte had said that the MNLF leader threatened to wage war if the plan to shift to a federal system of government does not push through.

Lorenzana dismissed Misuari’s threat as mere “sound bites in an attempt to make himself be noticed.”

“But he is missing a great chance to be really relevant. He should accept the BARMM, work within it and lend his leadership, stature and expertise to make it succeed,” the Defense chief said.

“My guess [on his threat]? He’s bluffing,” he added.—DEMPSEY REYES