Nur Misuari

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Nur Misuari
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Nur Misuari in 2009
President of the Bangsamoro Republik (Unrecognized)
In office
August 12, 2013 – September 28, 2013
3rd Governor of Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao
In office
President Fidel Ramos (1992-1998)
Joseph Estrada (1998-2001)
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2001-2010)
Preceded by Lininding Pangandaman
Succeeded by Alvarez Isnaji
Personal details
Born (1939-03-03) March 3, 1939 (age 76)
Tapul, Sulu, Philippines
Spouse(s) Desdemona Tan (deceased)
Eleonora Roida Tan
Tarhata Misuari
Alma mater University of the Philippines

Nur Misuari (Bahasa Sūg: Nūr Miswāri, born Nurallaji Pinang Misuari on March 3, 1939 in Tapul, Sulu, Philippines)[1] is a Moro revolutionary, politician, founder and former leader of the Moro National Liberation Front.

Early Life and Education[edit]

Nur Misuari was born in Tapul, Sulu on March 3, 1939.[1][2] The fourth of ten children, his parents were Tausug Sama coming from Kabinga-an, Tapul Island and worked as fishers. His father is Saliddain Misuari and his mother is Dindanghail Pining. Nur's father moved the family from Tapul to Jolo, Sulu when Nur was still young. Nur attended Jolo Central Elementary School from 1949 to 1955 and studied at Sulu National High School for his secondary education from 1955 to 1958[1] Misuari's family experienced financial difficulties and could not send him to college. His teacher assisted him in acquiring a scholarship from the Commission on National Integration.[3]

Misuari went to the University of the Philippines Manila as a scholar in 1958 and initially took a degree in Liberal Arts intending to later take a course on Medicine. Misuari switched to pursuing Political Science instead on the second semester with the intent of taking Law despite his father negative views on lawyers.[1] He became active in many of the university's extra-curricular activities particularly in debate. After attaining his Bachelor degree on Political Science from the University of the Philippines in 1962, he entered law school but dropped his law studies in his second year after being convinced by national author Caesar Majul to pursue a Master's degree related to political science. He finished a Master's degree on Asian studies in 1964 at the Asian Center of the University of the Philippines.[3][1]

In 1964, Misuari founded a radical student group called the Bagong Asya (New Asia). Together with Jose Maria Sison, he also founded the Kabataan Makabayan (Patriotic Youth).[3]


Through Dr. Cesar Adib Majul, Misuari became a lecturer at the University of the Philippines in political science on July 1966 until his retirement as instructor on November 15 1965.[3][3][1] In the 1960s, he established the Mindanao Independence Movement which aimed to organize an independent state in southern Philippines. The Mindanao Independence Movement formed the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) that sought political reforms from the Government of the Philippines. Unable to gain reforms, the MNLF engaged in military conflict against the Philippine Government and its supporters between 1972 to 1976 under the leadership of Misuari. The military resistance to the government of former Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos did not produce autonomy for the Moro people. He departed to Saudi Arabia in exile, returning to the Philippines after Marcos was removed from office during the People Power Revolution in 1986.

Nur Misuari in 2007.
Latest picture of Nur Misuari (with friends) on August 10, 2011.

Misuari justified the MNLF armed struggle on the non-implementation of the Tripoli Agreement, originally signed by Ferdinand Marcos and later included and accepted in the peace agreement signed by former Philippine president Fidel Ramos in the 1990s. This agreement established an autonomous region for Moros with Misuari as governor. He was removed from his office when Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo became president in 2001 and was arrested in 2007 on charges of terrorism. On December 20, 2007 he was denied a petition for bail and remained under house arrest in Manila. The Philippine court however, granted the bail petition of Misuari's seven co-accused, at 100,000 pesos.[4] On April 25, 2008, he was allowed to post bail, upon the instructions of the Cabinet security cluster.[5] On September 9, 2013, Nur Misuari was underleaded and pledged his army for attacking Filipino and foreign civilians, wherein, the MNLF walked down to the city of Zamboanga and planned to ambush and kill the civilians, according to one of the MNLF members, who is legibly surrendered and arrested ( September 10, 2013 ), and planned to stop the crisis war, for him and to the Philippine government, also President Benigno Aquino III. But otherwise fails to have ceasefire, due to continuously attacking the rebels, until it was stopped in September 28, 2013. The Philippine agency were aware that he was the chairman of MNLF and should be arrested, but did not take him into custody. He would apologize for the de facto war crisis that he didn't solve.[6]

See also[edit]


The Autobiography of Nur. P. Misuari


  1. ^ a b c d e f Stern, Tom (2012). "Misuari's Childhood". Nur Misuari : an authorized biography. Manila: Anvil Publication. pp. 6–16. ISBN 9789712726248. 
  2. ^ University of the Philippines, U.P. Biographical Directory, Supplement 1, University of the Philippines, Quezon City (1970)
  3. ^ a b c d e sfgranada (January, 2011). "Nur Misuari – Founding Leader and Chairman of the Central Committee of the Moro National Liberation Front (Mnlf)". Retrieved 01 October 2014.
  4. ^ Abs-Cbn Interactive, Judge denies Misuari's bail petition
  5. ^ "(UPDATE) Misuari allowed to post bail--DoJ -, Philippine News for Filipinos". Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Timeline: Crisis in Zamboanga City". GMA News Online. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 

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