By JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL
COTABATO CITY — A group of Muslim leaders has refuted the statement in an old poster circulating in the social media that it is haram or prohibited in Islam to vote for former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. who has filed his Certificate of Candidacy (COC) for President in the coming May 9, 2022national elections.
The poster titled “Anti Muslim” also bears a warning that it is haram or prohibited for Muslims to vote for the politicians whose pictures are in the poster, Bongbong one of them.
Shariff Ibrahim Albani, a senatorial candidate who will be in the lineup of Marcos, said the poster which was an old one and first posted in 2015 also portrayed the picture of the late Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago.
Albani cited Chairman Nur Misuari of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) who vowed to strongly support with his thousands of followers from the MNLF to vote for Bongbong Marcos.
Misuari claimed that Bongbong Marcos is his Vice-President during the 2016 National Election emphasizing that while it is true that the father, the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos was his No. 1 enemy when he was still waging war as the chairman of the MNLF secessionist movement, adding that the fault of the father cannot be also the fault of the son. “The fault of the father cannot be inherited by the son,” the MNLF chairman stressed.
In the same manner, former Basilan Gov. Abdulghani “Gerry” Salapuddin said as a devout Muslim as well as former MNLF rebel commander operating in the hinterland of Basilan, there is no truth that Bongbong Marcos is anti-Muslim.
Salapuddin said “Islam is a perfect way of life and politics is an institution for good governance. Both are victims of its undesirable and unscrupulous practitioners,” according to the politician from Basilan who at one time became also the Deputy Speaker for Mindanao in the House of Representatives.
He said he could not understand why some people focused on the declaration of Martial Law that happened many years back when in fact it is Bongbong Marcos is the candidate for President. Is it correct and appropriate that he is made to answer for what his late father did?
Salapuddin explained that Bongbong has nothing to do with the declaration of Martial Law in 1972 when he was still a young boy and he was not a president nor a policy maker.
As this developed, Albani mentioned other Muslim leaders and their respective organizations in the country who have signified also their good intentions to strongly support the candidacy of Bongbong Marcos and to belie the black propaganda that the young Marcos is “Anti-Muslim.”
They are the 1Maharlika; World Philosophical Forum (WPF) of the Philippines; and Unity for Revival Foundation, which are all chaired by Shariff Ibrahim Albani himself.
Abraham Idjirani, spokesman of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo (Sabah) has also given the commitment of the Sulu Sultanate to fully support the presidential candidacy of Bongbong Marcos. “We in the Sultanate likewise refute the said statement alleging that BBM is an “Anti-Muslim,” according to Idjirani who is the official spokesman and married to the younger sister of the late Sultan Jamalul Kiram, 3rd.
The other three Muslim organizations who are pushing up the candidacy of Marcos instead of blocking it and called the “Anti-Muslim” hate campaign as nothing but a source of fake news out to divide the solidarity or unity of the Muslims are the following: Young Muslim for Bongbong Marcos Movement for Change headed by its president Ustadz Udzpar Abdugapar; International Movement for Peace, Unity, and Reconciliation headed by its president Ping Adil Mugong of Simunul, Tawi-Tawi; and the Marcos for President Movement headed by their Founding Chairman Jupakar Arabani of the Province of Sulu. (JIJ)