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MNLF to celebrate 51st anniversary in Cotabato City

THOUSANDS OF members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) have begun pouring into the city to celebrate its 51st foundation anniversary here Monday.

MNLF founding chairman, Prof. Nur Misuari, will lead the foundation anniversary and the Peace Summit to be held at the Cotabato City Hall grounds on Monday afternoon.

Cotabato City Mayor Cynthia Guiani Sayadi will host the event and ordered the suspension of classes from all levels, both in public and private schools, as heavy traffic is expected.

“Rerouting is already in place beginning at 6 a.m. today (Monday),” she said.

The participants are coming from various areas of Mindanao and will converge here to celebrate the birth of the MNLF and the Moro struggle for self-determination.

The MNLF is also commemorating the so-called Jabidah massacre on Corregidor Island in Bataan in 1968 that gave birth to the MNLF organization.

Misuari was teaching Islamic studies at the University of the Philippines when he learned of the Jabidah massacre, which pushed him to form the MNLF.(By Edwin Fernandez)

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