Secretary Robert Aventajado had to persuade Governor Zachariah Candao of Maguindanao to talk to MILF Chairman Hashim Salamat
into accepting a ceasefire agreement.
And in the formative years of the MNLF chaired by Misuari, it was likewise riven by the breakaway group of Hashim Salamat
(Maguindanaon), which became the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, and the MNLF-Reformist group of Dimas Pundato (Maranaw).
MILF chairman Hashim Salamat
, currently in hiding, is prepared to sit together with government representatives to sign the final peace agreement, MILF information chief Mohagher Iqbal said on the group's Web site.
Later, another breakaway from the MNLF came into being-the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which was organized by the Maguindanao headed by their late leader Hashim Salamat
, now succeeded by another Maguindanao, Murad Ebrahim.
He said the most immediate of MILF demands before talking with the government is the dropping of charges against its leaders, including Chairman Hashim Salamat
, over a bombing in the Davao City international airport vicinity April 2.
Father Mercado studied Islamic Theology at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, where a kindred soul in the common cause of Mindanao peace was Ustadz Hashim Salamat
, later the founder of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
Included in the arrest order were MILF chairman Hashim Salamat
, vice chairman for military affairs Al Haj Murad, vice chairman for political affairs Ghazali Jaafar, chief peace negotiator Ali Mimbantas and spokesman Eid Kabalu.
In 2003, then MILF chief Hashim Salamat
wrote to Bush seeking support for peace talks with the Philippine government.
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 late Chairman Hashim Salamat
once said to someone I know that the MILF do not consider themselves Filipinos because they are Moros, and that its goal was independence.
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.
In a number of my earlier columns on this subject, I mentioned that during his lifetime, former MILF chair Hashim Salamat
laid out clearly his position on the issue of independence.
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.
I've had sources in the MILF since 1996 when I was the first journalist to visit its main headquarters and interview their chair, Hashim Salamat
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.