Maguindanao enthrones sultan to sustain traditions

 Datu Mohamad Kuso Kanebpal Mangudadatu assumed on Wednesday as central Mindanao’s Sultan Tambilawan II sa Buayan. Philstar.com/John Unson

 

MAGUINDANAO, Philippines — Moro leaders installed Wednesday a sultan to sustain traditions preserving Islamic principles on religious tolerance and universal love that violent religious extremists (VREs) rabidly oppose.

 

The Police Regional Office-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and the Army’s 6th Infantry Division immediately pledged assistance to the initiative, to be led jointly by the now Sultan Mohamad Kuso Kanebpal Mangudadatu and the Maguindanao provincial peace and order council.

Now named Sultan Tambilawan II sa Buayan, Mangudadatu, a descendant of Shariff Kabunsuan, a 14th century blue-blooded Malay-Arab cleric from Johore in what is now Malaysia, is uncle of Maguindanao’s now third termer provincial governor, Esmael Magudadatu. Traditional elders enthroned, in a symbolic rite Wednesday in Buluan, the capital town of Maguindanao, the governor’s uncle as Sultan Tambilawan II sa Buayan.

 

In context, the Buayan is the geographical principality of the centuries-old Moro royalty that spans from the upper valley of central Mindanao, spreading through the now second district of Maguindanao, the nearby provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and parts of North Cotabato, and the cities of Tacurong, Koronadal and General Santos.

 

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