UNA praised for adding Muslim
THREE sectoral leaders from Mindanao praised Vice President Jojo Binay on Sunday for including a Muslim in the senatorial slate of his United Nationalist Alliance political party.
The group on Monday also challenged the other national political parties to consider including a Muslim leader in their 12-man senatorial slates because it had been 17 years since the last Muslim served the Senate.
Professor Abraham Idjirani, spokesman of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo, welcomed the NUP’s decision but expressed sadness over the non-inclusion of Muslim candidates in the tickets of the other political parties during the past elections.
He said Santanina Rasul was the last senator to serve the Senate and her two terms ended in 1998.
Idjirani called Liberal Party presidential bet Manuel Roxas II and Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero to include a Muslim in their respective senatorial slates.
Idjirani and MNLF General Fabillon Daud Al Hadji, secretary general of the Federation of Sultanate Kingdom Organizations Inc., and Kah Leon Peralta of the Anti-Trapos Movement asked Roxas and Poe to consider businessman and peace advocate Shariff Ibrahim Albani for inclusion in their tickets for the Senate.
The three sectoral leaders said the young Albani, who hails from Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, is a successful businessman and civic leader.
Idjirani said the inputs from a Muslim senator would be crucial in ending the insurgency problem not only in Mindanao but in many parts of the country.
“We are hoping that with a youthful and dynamic
educated Muslim becoming senator in 2016, the aspirations and dreams of his ancestors can be articulated in the national policy making processes,” Idjirani said.