Scholar urges condemnation of Roxas as “datu.”
BY ROGER M. BALANZA
The proclamation of Roxas as “datu” by the Sultanate of Lanao has drawn the hackles of some Muslim leaders, who tagged Roxas as “anti-Muslim.”
“This is the height of impropriety!” wailed Norodin Lucman Alonto, who sees politics in the proclamation of Roxas.
Alonto, a scholar and peacekeeper who spent years as among prime movers in the quest for peace in Mindanao, in a post in his Facebook account, said: “I am a member of major Sultanates of Mindanao and Sulu and I am sworn to protect its dignity and honor.”
Alonto said the Sultanates of Mindanao should condemn the act of the Sultanate of Lanao for the enthronement as “datu” of Roxas whom he described as an “Islamophode.”
“I will never grant that title to a proven Islamophobe. The Sultanates must condemn this treachery against the dignity of our forebears, said Alonto, who is running for senator under the banner of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP) which has Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as standard bearer.
In his post, Alonto recalled a past incident wherein an honorary award was supposed to be given to the late then President Corazon Aquino. The conferment was aborted because it was not athorized by the Sultanates of Mindanao and Sulu.
“I remember one event in Zamboanga City where Pres. Cory Aquino and I are scheduled to speak about peace in Mindanao. The DILG Usec (I forgot his name) gave me a text or part of my speech where I will proclaim Pres. Cory Aquino as Bai a Labi. I said “No.We don’t give away noble titles without the concurrence of the Sultanates of Mindanao and Sulu.” They were shocked including Sen. Drilon, another Islamophobe, who was there. So they have to change the speech of the president. Better shocked than me insulting my heritage, the last relic of our culture that defines our nationality which was never conquered by the Spaniards and Americans. Every Muslim this country is obligated to protect and nurture this spirit that we inherited from our brave past.”