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MILF'S ROLE. Pres. Duterte greets Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim during the Eid'l Fitr celebration at the Palace. Malacañang file photo

MILF not willing to talk to Maute Group to end Marawi siege: Pres. Duterte

In a chance interview by Rappler at Clark Air Base in Pampanga on June 28, President Rodrigo Duterte said that, “Based on his talks with MILF leaders during the Eidl Fitr celebration that he hosted in Malacañang on June 27, the group is not willing to talk to terrorists in Marawi City to end the siege there.”

"I don't think the MILF is inclined to do that. They also hate what's happening", Rappler quoting him saying. 

"I was with Murad last night. We had an Eid'l Fitr [celebration]... So the Moro leaders were there and we had a very frank discussion of the things there [in Marawi]," said Duterte, referring to MILF chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim.

Apparently, the option for MILF intervention was crossed out because Duterte said that, at this point, the only way the crisis will end is if the last terrorist is flushed out of Marawi.

During a meeting with Muslim religious leaders on June 25, Maute Group leader Abdullah Maute said his group is willing to withdraw from Marawi if the MILF will intervene for an end to the crisis. 

But MILF peace implementing panel chairman Mohagher Iqbal told Rappler that the MILF is cautious about the proposal as it is a very sensitive matter.