COTABATO CITY (Mindanao Examiner / July 26, 2013) - The United Nations has warned Manila about a man who is falsely claiming to represent the UN in the Philippines.
Arjun Jain, the UN Area Security Coordinator ad interim in Mindanao, said they informed the Filipino government about a certain "Mr. Xavier Daniel" who allegedly passes himself off as the UN representative in the Philippines, particularly in Mindanao, and that he has, in this false capacity, engaged with various persons and agencies in Mindanao.
"The United Nations wishes to categorically state that it has no relationship with any person by this name and that no such person has in the past, or currently is authorized to represent the United Nations or any official of the United Nations in relation to any matter concerning the Philippines," Jain said in a statement sent to the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner.
"The UN wishes to take this opportunity to reiterate its commitment to support all parties involved in bringing peace to Mindanao, being an active supporter to, inter alia, the ongoing peace negotiations between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front," he added.
It was not immediately known whether Daniel had contacted the MILF or entered into any business transactions or agreement with Filipino firms or government agencies or the rebel group which is currently negotiating peace with Manila.
Filipino authorities have not released any statement about the UN warning. (Mindanao Examiner)