MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Golden Mosque and Cultural Center in Quiapo turned green and red on Saturday morning as members of the Muslim community welcomed Vice-presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.
Sara spoke to a crowd gathered outside the mosque while wearing a hijab, campaigning for herself, her running mate Ferdinand Marcos Jr., and the Uniteam senatorial slate.
Golden Mosque administrator Sultan Omar Umbaya endorsed the candidacy of Duterte-Carpio and her UniTeam party.
“Mahal na mahal niya po ang mga Muslim. Ang pamilya nila po ay talagang maka-muslim,” Umbaya added.
The Muslim leader also pointed out that the community is united in supporting the Ferdinand Marcos Jr.-Duterte-Carpio tandem.
“Panalong-panalo na tayo ang UniTeam,” Umbaya said.
After Golden Mosque, Duterte-Carpio is scheduled to meet with barangay officials of Manila districts 2, 3 and 4, and in Barangay Unang Hakbang, Quezon City.
She will also attend the Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas event in Pasay City.
In the afternoon, Duterte-Carpio will meet sectoral groups in Tondo before making a courtesy call with Tondo Church members and officials.
One of those in the crowd was Monirah Ali, 43 and a former resident of Marawi City, who thanked Sara for the “Kalilintad 911” project in Davao City. Ali said the Kalilintad 911 project helped her fellow Muslim brothers and sisters who fled to Davao City during the Marawi Siege in 2017.
“Malaki ang utang na loob namin kay Mayor Sara dahil marami sa aking mga kapamilya ang nabigyan ng tahanan sa Davao matapos ng kanilang sinapit noong Marawi Siege,” Ali said.
Ali said Sara treated the affected Muslim internal refugees equally that they felt welcomed and at ease in the city.
“Lahat ng mga programa tulad ng psychological counselling, employment, livelihood programs, at permanent housing ay nakinabang sila kahit di naman sila Dabawenyo,” Ali said.
“Kaya 100 percent BBM-Sara kaming mga Muslim dahil alam naming ‘di kami pababayan ng Uniteam,” she added.
Balik Islam and senatorial aspirant Robin Padilla called on the Muslim community to “put a Muslim senator in the senate.”
“Ang hinihingi ko sa inyo mga mahal kong kapatid, gamitin natin ang eleksyon na ito para magkaroon tayo ng Muslim na senador sapagka’t naniniwala ako na kailangang may representante ang Muslim sector sa senado,” Padilla added.