However, MNLF's splinter group the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) headed by the late Hashim Salamat
refused to join the ARMM or honor the peace pact.
Hassan used to be part the MILF's elite force and among the close-in guards of the late MILF chair Hashim Salamat
The Lanao del Sur town of Butig, only 35 kilometers on the opposite side Lake Lanao, is the burial place of MILF founder Hashim Salamat
and birthplace of the Maute group.
The parent movement is, itself, a breakaway group from the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), originally established in 1984 under the hardline leadership of Hashim Salamat
with the aim of creating an independent Islamic state in all areas of the southern Philippines where M uslims have traditionally been a majority.
When Marcos issued another presidential proclamation on July 25 in the same year that entailed the creation of the Regional Autonomous Government for western and central Mindanao, the MNLF was split into three with the emergence of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front under Hashim Salamat
and MNLF-Reformist under Dimas Pundatu.
, 61, was chairman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which has been waging a decades-long war for an independent Muslim territory in the southern Philippines.
The Moro Islamic Liberation Front, established by Muslim leader Hashim Salamat
in 1978, has been fighting for an Islamic state in the southern Philippines.
MILF founder Hashim Salamat
and Mimbantas were buried in the nearby mountain.
According to LtGen (ret) Orlando Soriano, then GRP chief negotiator with MILF Chairman Hashim Salamat
, these were key indicators that the MILF leadership wanted real peace in Mindanao - because they were already so weary from continuous fighting.
Murad had assumed leadership of the MILF with the death of founding chairman Hashim Salamat
Those given safe conduct passes were MILF chairman Hashim Salamat
and his comrades Al Hadz Ibrahim Murad, Aleem Aziz Mimbantas, Ghadzali Jaafar, Eid Kabalu Nortel, Datucan Abas Mogagher Iqbal, Lanag Li, Omas Pasigan, Nurudin Ibrahim and Toks Ibrahim.
Solaiman's order was in turn ordered by the MILF Central Committee under the leadership of Ustadz Hashim Salamat
and others, prosecutors said.