ARMM regional Muslim cemetery law approved PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 17 May 2015 14:38

Local officials in Maguindanao have assured to provide lands for Islamic cemeteries in their respective towns in compliance with a new regional law approved this week by the law-making body of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

The main proponent of the new ARMM law, the Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Act 317, Maguindanao Assemblyman Khadafeh Mangudadatu, on Saturday said the region’s chief executive, Gov. Mujiv Hataman, has just affixed his signature to the edict.

“It is now a law and this early we have the assurance of compliance by local government units in the autonomous region,” he said.

He said it is the LGUs that will find way on how to acquire lands for the burial sites.

“Mayors in Maguindanao have assured to find ways how to provide areas for the Muslim cemeteries in their respective towns,” Mangudadatu said.

The MMA 317 enjoins the municipal and provincial governments in the autonomous region to provide decent burial grounds for Muslim constituents.

The spouse of Mangudadatu, Jihan, incumbent mayor of Pandag town in the second district of Maguindanao, was among the first to promise to provide a parcel of land for a Muslim cemetery in the municipality.

Maguindanao’s vice-governor, Datu Lester Sinsuat, and his father, Mayor Ombra Sinsuat of Datu Odin Sinsuat town, had also expressed readiness to comply with MMA 317.

Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu said the provincial government is also ready to find an area at the new provincial capital, Buluan town, for a Muslim cemetery.

Hataman, who hails from Sumisip municipality in the island province of Basilan, said the municipal government in his hometown is just as willing to facilitate the establishment of a Muslim cemetery.

“There is no problem with us abiding with that regional law,” Hataman said.

The regional lawmaker Mangudadatu said he was motivated to sponsor the bill that eventually became MMA 317 by the lack of Muslim public cemeteries in the ARMM, which covers Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, and the cities of Marawi and Lamitan.