President Ferdinand Marcos told an international Moslem gathering in Manila that one of the principle objection of his government was the development of Moslem-populated southern Philippines.
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Background: President Ferdinand Marcos told an international Moslem gathering in Manila that one of the principle objection of his government was the development of Moslem-populated southern Philippines.
Speaking on the occasion of the 6th centennial celebration of Islam in the Philippines on Tuesday (10 June), Mr. Marcos said it was time the country's Islamic heritage was given due recognition.
The five-day gathering is attended by some 100 foreign and Filipino delegates.
The President also pledged that his government would pursue the establishment of an autonomous government in the south of predominant Christian Philippines.
He also allocated about one million US dollars for the construction of mosque, roads and waterworks in the remote islands of southern Philippines.
Islam was first introduced to the Philippines through southern islands in 1380 by Sheikh Makhdum, an Arab-decent missionary from Jahore.
Sheikh Makhdum built the first mosque in the island of Simunul in Southern Philippines.