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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said he wants to quickly reach an agreement with Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Chairman Nur Misuari.

“Dito sa Mindanao, we are also grappling with so many fronts. I am dealing with drug problem, and at the same, I am in a hurry to strike a deal with Nur Misuari,” Duterte said in a speech during the PDP-Laban campaign rally in South Cotabato.

While the Bangsamoro Organic Law, which creates a new regional autonomous government for Muslim Mindanao, is “satisfactory,” the President expressed hope that “we can find space, the time, and the issues that would be more acceptable to everybody – to both the Lumads, the Christians, and the Moros.”

At a meeting with Duterte in Malacanang on March 20, Misuari threatened to declare war if the government fails to pursue a shift to federalism.

The chief executive said in a separate interview that the MNLF leader agreed to form a panel that will study federalism.

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