Manila to build first Muslim cemetery

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 02 2020 04:23 PM

Thousands of Muslims mark Eidl Fitr at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila. Jervis Manahan, ABS-CBN News/file

MANILA- The Philippine capital will soon have a separate cemetery for its deceased Muslim residents after its mayor signed an ordinance allocating funding for its construction.

Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno on Monday signed an ordinance that appropriates P49,300,000 for the development of the new cemetery which will be built at the Manila South Cemetery.

The new cemetery will cover about 2,400 square meters of land for the internment and transfer of the remains of deceased Muslim residents of Manila.

"Ito ay isang tanda ng ating paggalang sa kasaysayan ng ating minamahal na lungsod na noon ay pinamumunuan tayo ng ating mga kapatid na Muslim, mga Rajah, mga Sultan," Moreno said.

(This is a sign of our respect for our history that we recognize the rule of our Muslim brothers long ago.)

Moreno first bared his plans to construct an Islamic cemetery in the city last year when he met with Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the Philippines, Dr. Abdullah Al Bussairy, at the city hall.