By JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL
MAKATI CITY: The Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP), the political party that endorsed the presidential candidacy of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., has agreed that it is about time that a Muslim Senator should have won in the Senate in the coming May 9, 2021 national elections.
It can be recalled that the last Muslim Senators were Senator Mamintal A.J. Tamano who held his last term of office on June 30, 1992; and Senator Santanina Rasul who was also the first Muslim woman Senator whose last term of office was on June 30, 1995. After them there was no single Muslim candidate who won in the Senatorial elections.
Hence, Prof. Hamid Ladjakahal, the president of Partido Federal ng Pilipinas for Tawi-Tawi Province said he is very much in favor of having a Muslim candidate be elected into the Senate in 2022. “Yes na yes for a Muslim Senator, but he or she should be the qualified one para hindi tayo mapahiya,” Ladjakahal said. (So that we will not be ashamed of.)
Ladjakahal said we are expecting that whoever a Muslim candidate got elected has the ability to legislate in the Upper House laws that will benefit all constituents whether Muslim or Non-Muslim as well as the indigenous people.
In view of this, one of the Muslim senatorial candidates in the forthcoming national elections is Shariff Ibrahim Albani from Mindanao who hails from Tawi-Tawi.
Albani who is the chairman of 1Maharlika with thousands of card bearing members is very articulate and well versed on the history of Filipino Muslims. Likewise he is also the chairman of the World Philosophical Forum (WPF) of the Philippines and also with several members throughout the Philippines.
Aside from being active in the non -government organizations, Albani line of expertise is his being a financial analyst and serving as consultant to international finance institutions in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Albani is an official candidate of the Labor Party of the Philippines (LPP), another political party supporting the candidacy of Bongbong Marcos.
His supporters not only in Mindanao but also in Luzon and Visayas are very much optimistic that Albani as a full blooded Muslim is a plus factor in the Senatorial slate of Bongbong Marcos.
His supporters said Albani being in the line of BBM can be a symbol of unity or solidarity among Muslims, Christians, and indigenous people.
Abraham Idjirani, spokesman of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo (Sabah) said he has already consulted the thousands of followers of the Sultanate of Sulu spread all over MinSuPala (Mindanao, Sulu, and Palawan) reminding them once they cast their vote in next year national elections for Albani as their senatorial candidate also not to forget Bongbong Marcos as their presidential candidate.
“That’s a tall order from the Sultan himself and as the official spokesperson I am just relaying it for the proper guidance of all,” Idjirani emphasized.
Meanwhile, Anito Tilos, the chieftain of the Mindanao Tribal House, Inc. whose main concern is the group of indigenous peoples is also supportive of BBM-led tickets.
Chieftain Tilos explained that Indigenous Peoples where he belongs are distinct social and cultural groups that share collective ancestral ties to the lands and natural resources where they live. For this reason, he stressed that even in the electoral exercises they also share collective decision that is to vote in unison and not to divide among themselves.
Hence, Tilos said he is calling for all his fellow indigenous peoples throughout the Philippines to also vote collectively for Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. as their Presidential Candidate and Shariff Ibrahim Albani as their Senatorial Candidate in the coming national elections.
(JIJ/Philippine Muslim Today)