Justice Undersecretary Jose Calida said the case filed before a court in Davao Province on the southern island of Mindanao involved Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief Hashim Salamat
and 44 of his alleged followers, including some teenagers.
The document said the court has issued arrest warrants for the 93, including MILF chief Hashim Salamat
and other leaders such as Gadzali Jaafar, Haji Muhad and Eid Kabalu.
A presidential palace statement quoted Arroyo as saying during a visit to the southern Philippine province of Maguindanao that she received a letter from MILF Chairman Hashim Salamat
expressing the MILF's willingness to talk with the government.
Corpuz told reporters the dropping of charges against MILF Chairman Hashim Salamat
, Vice Chairman for Political Affairs AL Haj Murad, Vice Chairman for Military Affairs Ghadzali Jaafar, Vice Chairman for Internal Affairs Aleem Aziz Mimbantas and two others is being considered.
Philippine President Joseph Estrada said Monday he may meet soon with rebel leader Hashim Salamat
, chairman of the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front(MILF), with the intercession of Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid.
In a statement distributed to Manila-based media organizations, Murad said the government's offer of a reward for the capture of himself, MILF chairman Hashim Salamat
and MILF spokesman Eid Kabalu, made Aug.
MILF chairman Hashim Salamat
last week called on his followers and other Muslims to launch a jihad or Holy war against the government.
The camp is home to most of the MILF leaders and guerrilla fighters, including MILF chief Hashim Salamat
It was formed after then MNLF vice chairman Hashim Salamat
disagreed with Misuari's decision to sign the Tripoli pact.
The MILF was formed as a breakaway faction of the MNLF headed by Nur Misuari after then MNLF Vice Chairman Hashim Salamat
disagreed with Misuari's decision to sign the Tripoli pact, which softened the MNLF's demand from secession to mere autonomy.
Hong Kong-based Asiaweek said Hashim Salamat
, chairman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), is demanding a referendum in areas where Muslims are in the majority.
Wahid was scheduled to meet Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) leader Hashim Salamat
on Monday after the Manila summit of Southeast and Northeast Asian leaders.