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SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/21/2017
TAGS: PREL PINS KISL RP
SUBJECT: MISUARI REGISTERS CANDIDACY FOR SULU GOVERNOR

REF: A. MANILA 5018
¶B. MANILA 3817

Classified By: CDA Paul W. Jones for reasons 1.4(b) and (d).

¶1. (C) Summary: Jailed Moro National Liberation Front
(MNLF) Chairman Nur Misuari personally registered his
candidacy in Jolo on March 20 for the Sulu Gubernatorial
election. Misuari, who has become increasingly desperate to
gain his freedom, entered the race against well financed
traditional leaders Benjamin Loong and Abdulsakur Tan, and
faces an uphill battle, having lost his last campaign in
¶2004. Election-related violence is likely in Jolo, as each
candidate has his own private army. End Summary.

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Misuari For Governor
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¶2. (SBU) The Makati Regional Trial Court allowed Moro
National Liberation Front (MNLF) Chairman Nur Misuari to
travel to Jolo on March 20 to personally register his
candidacy for the Sulu Gubernatorial election. Accompanying
Misuari on his third trip to Mindanao since September 2006
(refs a and b) were his wife Tarhata, Ustadz Habi Haris, and
GRP security officers.

¶3. (C) According to MNLF Commander Matanog “Diego” Mapandi,
Misuari was encouraged to run for governor of Sulu by
officials of the Arroyo Administration, as well as House
Speaker Jose de Venecia. Without support from Malacanang,
Mapandi said that it would be extremely difficult for Misuari
to win the May 14 election against his well financed
opponents — incumbent Sulu Governor Benjamin Loong and
former Sulu Governor Abdulsakur Tan.

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Freedom Wanted
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¶4. (C) Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus
“Jess” Dureza told CDA and poloff on March 20 that Misuari
has been incarcerated for over six years, and is increasingly
desperate to gain his freedom. Though some of Misuari’s
supporters were concerned about the potential damage to
Misuari’s credibility should he be defeated at the May 14
polls in his home province, Dureza noted that Misuari
registered his candidacy in Jolo for the 2004 gubernatorial
election, and lost, with no apparent effect on his stature.

¶5. (C) Dureza commented that the potential for violence was
high on Jolo because all of the political candidates had
private armies. With the ongoing deployment of GRP military
forces on the island, Dureza expected an improved security
situation during the election campaign.

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Comment:
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¶6. Both Loong and Tan are formidable opponents of Misuari,
with millions of pesos in their respective political war
chests. It remains to be seen how supportive Malacanang will
be to the gubernatorial campaign of Misuari who has yet to be
tried for sedition.

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