MANILA (Mabuhay) — Moro Islamic Liberation Front chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal has a valid Philippine passport supported by “personal records,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said Wednesday.
Del Rosario however said that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) needs to seek counsel before it can reveal Iqbal’s real name or if they can reveal it at all.
Iqbal’s use of a nom de guerre (an alias or pseudonym) was revealed during a hearing in the House of Representatives last week.
Senator Bongbong Marcos said that Iqbal’s use of an alias during peace talks raises suspicions, and that Iqbal’s citizenship is now also in question.
“Na-call into question kung Pilipino siya. Paano ‘pag di pala siya Pilipino?” Marcos said. “Lumalaki ang suspetya na baka ‘yun ang tinatago niya.”
Iqbal defended his use of a nom de guerre by saying that it was standard operating procedure for rebels in order to protect themselves and their family. Previously, he had said that even Filipino hero Marcelo del Pilar had an alias.
“The reason for that is security issue, lalong lalo na nu’ng panahon ng batas militar. Anybody can just meet a cop and then ‘pag ginamit ‘yung pangalan namin na tunay, paano naman ‘yung mga pamilya namin?” he said.
Last month, Iqbal showed the media his Philippine passport to address rumors that he holds a Malaysian passport.
Previously, Iqbal admitted that Salah Jubair is one of his several aliases. He published two books about Mindanao and the peace process under that name.
Government peace panel chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer also confirmed that Jubair is one of Iqbal’s aliases. (MNS)