The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) group in Palawan has entered the political fray, offering support to detained Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida III who is contesting the mayoralty from Mayor Lucilo Bayron.
Juanito Lacobtan, who claims to be the Bangsamoro Armed Force (BAF)-MNLF spokesman, said they have offered to provide manpower support to Marcaida if the latter wished.
He said they have formally extended the offer through Marcaida’s spokesperson Elmer Zita.
“Ang MNLF, ayon sa aming paniniwala, meron rin kaming paninindigan. nag sabi ako kay Elmer Zita na kung kailangan ninyo ang tulong ng MNLF ay handa kami pero hindi kami manggugulo,” Lacobtan said.
Lacobtan also denounced the mass action organized by Bayron’s support at City Hall as “an abuse”.
Lacobtan said that there enforcement will also be through “people power” as they said that the law should be followed and not the will of money.
“Katulad ng ginawa nila Mayor Bayron, yun din ang gagawin namin. Sa opinion ko, kami mismong mamayan, naguguluhan na rin kasi dapat batas ang pairalin at hindi ang pera,” he said.
Sought for a reaction, Zita said they had declined the offer of the MNLF.
“Nagpipresenta sila (MNLF) kung anong magagawa nila at maitutulong, hindi tinanggap ni Mayor Luis. Hindi natin tinanggap dahil baka ang kahinatnan nito ay gulo lamang ay kawawa naman ang taong bayan na nasasangkot d’yan,” Zita said.
Zita added that they are prioritizing their efforts on seeking legal remedies to enforce the dismissal of Bayron on account of the ruling issued against him by the Ombudsman.
“May ginagawa kami, pero batas ang kailangan natin, at legal basis. Tayo ay susunod sa rule of law. Mabagal nga lang ang rule of law pero bababa at bababa si Mayor Bayron dyan dahil wala na sa batas ang pananatili niya dyan,” Zita said.