HISTORY OF THE MUSLIM CODE OF THE PHILIPPINES


Presidential Decree 1083

(The Muslim Code of the Philippines)

Known as The Code of Muslim Personal Laws of the Philippines, or simply The Muslim Code. It is a law that recognizes the legal system of the Muslims in the Philippines as part of the law of the land and seeks to make Islamic institutions more effective, codifies Muslim personal laws, and provides for an effective administration and enforcement of Muslim personal laws among Muslims. It was promulgated by President Ferdinand Marcos February 4, 1977.

This Muslim Code creates the Shariah Courts tasked with the resolution of disputes that may arise under its provisions, and allows these courts to create Agama Arbitration Councils (AAC) in appropriate instances. It creates the office of the Mufti or Jurisconsult in Muslim law, which has the authority to render legal opinions on matters concerning Muslim law. It also recognizes five Muslim legal holidays  and provides for their proper observance. It defines what constitutes communal property and customary contracts in accordance with Muslim law, and provides for the effects of conversion to Islam.  It also penalizes offenses and violations of its provisions.

Notably, PD 1083 provides only for Muslim personal laws, e.g. marriage, divorce, and succession, and not for other Muslim laws. It specifically recognizes the validity of divorce among Muslims, although divorce is not allowed between other Filipinos. It also recognizes polygamy in accordance with Muslim law, such that persons married in accordance with its provisions shall not be liable for bigamy.

TEAM SITE 5 – WO2 MOHD SUHAIMI BIN SUNGKAI FAREWELL PARTY

DAVAO CITY (30 April 2013) – Team Site 5 based in Davao City organized a farewell party to one of the Bruneian Contigent, WO2 Mohd Suhaimi bin Sungkai, who will end his mission this May 2013. Lt Col Andy Irawan, Deputy Team Site 5 Leader, led the organizing committee in preparing a barbecue feast specifically designated for the funniest Bruneian [...]

I am a girl.  I am vulnerable. I like sweet gestures. I kind of…



I am a girl

I am vulnerable. I like sweet gestures. I kind of lose it whenever I hear nice praises. I kind of feel loved and wanted when I receive gifts and letters. I am just but a girl.

But wait. I am a muslimah. So please, if you think that you have the eyes on me. Don’t go through the western type of courtship. If my family feel your sincerity and if I think we have the compatibility, I will consider the proposal. 

But wait. I have dreams too. So please, keep your cool. Let me first finish my journey to my own dreams. Don’t fret. My ultimate dream is to have a happy and contented family. Worry is not needed. I won’t choose career over family. 

After all. I am a Muslim woman. I have an identity in Islam. And that is really special. You should respect my dignity and never have it tainted. 

Yes. Let’s make it halaal. That is, if you can and shall wait. ^____^

TEAM SITE 4 INVOLVE IN THE INTERFAITH DIALOGUE AT SARAGANI – ORIENTATION ON THE BANGSAMORO FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT

SARAGANI (30 APRIL 2013) – Lt Col Syed Islam bin Shahajam, Team Site 4 Leader based in Gensan, accompanied by members of Team Site 4 attended an Interfaith Dialogue “Forum on Responsible Voting and Orientation on the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement” at Municipal Gym, Maasim, Saragani. It was estimated around 500 people attend the event with keynote speakers such as Hon. Madam Yasmin Low (Under Secretary OPPAP) and Hon. Prof. Aboud Said Lingga (MILF Peace Negotiating Agreement). The people attended the Interfaith Dialogue had shown interest on the discussions and presentations by the panels. In addition, the people had also posed few questions regarding the impact of the FAB onto the various aspects of their lives and activities especially for the indigenous people. Overall, a hope for peace was conveyed by the people.

TEAM SITE 3 INVOLVE IN PEACE ADVOCACY – SUPPORTING THE FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT ON THE BANGSAMORO AT ZAMBOANGA SIBUGAY

ZAMBOANGA SIBUGAY (28 April 2013) – Col. Zolkopli bin Hashim, Team Site 3 Leader in Zamboanga, and members of Team Site 3 attended a peace advocacy in support of the signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro at Camp Salman Al – Farisi, Barangay Datu Tumanggung, Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay Province. The event was organized by the Datu Tumanggung MILF Provincial Political Committee tha was intended to show support to the FAB as well as an information drive to provide a better understanding of the content.

NEW IMT MEMBER – TEAM SITE 3 TAKE PART IN ADVOCATING FAB AT ZAMBOANGA SIBUGAY

ZAMBOANGA SIBUGAY (28 April 2013) –  Team Site 3 based in Zamboanga City participated in a peace advocacy on the Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro held at Camp Salman Al-Farishey, Datu Tumanggong, Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay.

It was organized by the Zamboanga Peninsula Political Committee and 113th Base Command of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF).  Various speakers were invited to talk on the contents and salient features of the FAB.

Mr. Nasrullah Muhammad, a representative from the Office of the First Vice- Chairman oriented the participants on the FAB. He said that, “it is better if every Bangsamoro individual can share the letter and intent of FAB and its essence to his/her brothers and sisters.

Ameer Jamah Mukaddam, Provincial Chairman of the Kalibugan Province asking every municipal chairman and the different sectors to do their roles and fulfill their responsibilities by extending to many people the objectives of the FAB and its benefits to the people. He also added that, “it is of great importance that many people will be oriented and familiarized with the noble undertaking of advocating the Peace Agreement”.

Comdr. Maulana Mukaddam said that the BIAF as a Mujaheddin should avoid any act that may imperil the peace process between the government and the MILF.

IMT-8 Team Site 3 Leader, Col. Zolkopli bin  Hashim also shared his thoughts. He said that, “We must value the peace process in order to achieve lasting peace and so that development will take place especially in the Bangsamoro homeland, Mindanao”.

Malik Abdul Karim, Deputy Chairman of Committee on Information said that, “We must avoid gossips and creating hear-says for they are obstructive to the peace process. We must all be optimistic so that we can achieve what we’ve been longing for: genuine peace, security, progress and achieve our rights to our own homeland”.

The advocacy served as an avenue to all the members for establishing rapport and camaraderie, thus, made everyone more committed on the realization of the Bangsamoro aspiration. The gathering finally ended with smiles and handshakes; the participants felt contented with what they heard and learned from the speakers. The organizers are contemplating to organize more advocacy programs so that more areas in the peninsular will become recipient of similar program.