Protest mars Sul­tan en­throne­ments

Sun.Star Baguio - - FRONT PAGE - Maria Elena Cata­jan Sun*Star Reporter

A MUS­LIM group en­throned three new sul­tans but were met with protests from fel­low broth­ers.

Sul­tan Mo­ham­mad Amin Baab Tor­res of the Sul­tan Tor­res Foun­da­tion led the en­throne­ment of Sul­tans An­dres Roberto Mu­ran as Sul­tan Cabugatan, Re­tired Colonel Omar Adigue as Sul­tan Maka­pun­dug and Ak­jer Hadji Hakim as Sul­tan Ma-Amor.

Sul­tan Ali An­drada, of the 16 Royal Sul­tans of Min­danao, an­nounced the procla­ma­tion of the three dur­ing the en­throne­ment and Guro Naguib, mem­ber of Lanao Royal Sul­tanate, ad­min­is­tered the oath and wit­nessed by hun­dreds.

How­ever, the en­throne­ment was met with protests by fel­low

Mus­lims with Yasser Guro, head of the Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Mus­lim Filipinos [NCMF] protest­ing the en­throne­ment of the three sul­tans.

In a let­ter to Mayor Mau­rico Do­mo­gan and Baguio City Po­lice Dirc­tor Ramil Sac­ulles, Guro said “the su­la­tanate in Baguio as ac­claimed by some op­por­tunis­tic Mus­lim lead­ers is a cruel hoax, mis­lead­ing the lo­cal­ity of Baguio and its peo­ple. There is no such thing as a sul­tanate in the city and there­fore the sul­tan­ship of the Bobby Tor­res who was al­legedly in­volved in to il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties which ad­versely af­fect his good moral char­ac­ter is fake, and an in­sult to the para­mount sul­tan­ship in Mus­lim Min­danao.”

Guro said the sul­tanate was only es­tab­lished in ARMM prov­inces and its suc­ces­sion to power is based on ge­neal­ogy in ac­cor­dance to birthright.

He ex­plained fur­ther the sul­tanate in Mus­lim Min­danao is ob­served and prac­ticed only in Mus­lim prov­inces like Sulu, Maguin­danao, Basi­lan, Tawi Tawi and Lanao del Sur where Mus­lims are dom­i­nant and where sul­tanate it­self was es­tab­lished his­tor­i­cally.

Guro in his let­ter is ask­ing Do­mo­gan to look into the mat­ter of his com­plaint.

Photo by Milo Brioso

BED WEATHER. A man takes shel­ter at the side of the road on a rainy week­end af­ter Trop­i­cal storm Jolina brought rain show­ers in the Sum­mer Cap­i­tal.

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