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April 15, 2015

Why Iqbal Uses An Alias


A nom de plume is a pen name used widely by a writer or a literary double. This is widely used in the field of Journalism ike writer, novelist, historian and former Editor-in-Chief of Philippine Graphic Nick Joaquin. He uses “Quijano de Manila” as his pen name.


Now Chief MILF negotiator Mohagher Iqbal’s use of various aliases is brought to light. Now we learn that Salah Jubair and Mohagher Iqbal are one person. Iqbal explains that like a journalist, Jubair is a nom de plume.

Rey Langit, MILF Self Defense, MILF emblem, February 9 2015

He explains that the lives of his family members will be put in danger if he had not used his various aliases. This was what he said when I interviewed him in the past on this very show.


According to former MILF peace panel head Datu Michael Mastura, the name Jubair was used as the author name in the book entitled  “The Long Road to Peace: Inside the GRP-MILF Peace Process.”

Mr. Iqbal said that like heroes of old, he as a revolutionary used aliases to cover his tracks while doing his work. The name that appears on his passport is now only known by the government. In his travels, he has used this real name at least 100 times as it appears on his passport.

I conducted an interview separately with both Acting Minority Leader Vicente Sotto III and Chairman Mohagher Iqbal of the MILF on DWIZ 882Khz on our morning show Kasangga Mo Ang Langit sa IZ.


Mr. Iqbal explained that during his time, no birth certificates were needed to register the birth of a child.

“In the case of my passport, I got it a long time ago, so it wasn’t as strict then,” he said.


Meanwhile, according to Senator Bong Bong Marcos, Iqbal’s non-usage of his true name on government documents brings to mind a lot of questions. These have to be answered and the implications on the use of pseudonyms have to be established like “Who notarized the documents that were signed?” and “What documents did he present that identified him as Iqbal?”

Mr. Iqbal signed the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro on October 15, 2012 and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro on March 27, 2014.

So, who is he really? Did the government peace panel know that he only used an alias?


Senator Sotto admitted that walked out of the Senate committee hearing on local government that Senator Marcos chairs. He said that he doesn’t see the point in talking to a man whose true identity you did not know especially now that what is being talked about is the BBL that is so important to the entire country.

“Never mind, Rey. It seems like a waste of time. The government should not be talking to an unknown personality. I will just end up interpellating Sen. Marcos,” he said.

Inamin sa atin ni Senator Sotto na nag walk out nga siya sa hearing ng Senate, committee on local government na pinangungunahan ni Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. bilang chairman.


According to Article 178 of the the Revised Penal Code and the Anti-Alias Law under Commonwealth Act 142 as amended by Republic Act 6085, the use of pseudonyms and aliases are prohibited when entering into a public transaction or signing a public document. The true name of the individual must be affixed. The use of otherwise is punishable by law.


I told Mr. Iqbal that I asked the Chairman of the House Committee hearing the BBL if they felt the pressure of the warning that there would be dire consequences in Mindanao should the BBL not be passed into law and they said that the tone of this warning should not be threatening.

“I told them that whatever happens to the BBL, the MILF will remain engaged in the post in Mindanao. If the BBL is not passed, we will surely have a problem. This is an opportunity that we should make use of to solve the problems that have long been plaguing us in Mindanao,” he said.


“Insecure people often falsify the past, in order to make the future pure.” ― Shannon L. Alder

“When you see the genuine, you don’t deal with the fakes anymore.” ― Nima davani

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