Sultanate issue to be heard in council

BAGUIO CITY – The committee on Human Rights and Justice chaired by Councilor Edgar Avila invites representative-members of the Muslim community during later council sessions to clarify matters, as to sultan designates in the city.

In a letter, Yasser Guro of the National Commission on Muslim-Filipinos requested for a council resolution banning the enthronement of a sultanate, particularly of a certain Andy Muran, allegedly a Muslim convert migrant in Baguio.

Guro said that a Baguio sultanate position does not exist, as it is only for the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM); in Sulu, Maguindanao, Basilan, Tawi-tawi, Lanao del Sur, where Muslims dominate.

Moreover, the succession of power is based on genealogy in accordance to birthright, which is established historically. Other than that, the position would be a misleading and “cruel hoax,” Guro said.

In the 1987 constitution, section 31, article VI states that, “No law granting a title of royalty shall be enacted,” Guro even said.

Mayor Domogan during the weekly media Ugnayan said the parties involved are welcome to air their side. /Julie G. Fianza


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