By Erma Edera
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno is considering establishing an Islamic cemetery for members of the Muslim community in the city.
“If there are cemeteries for Filipinos and Chinese in Manila, why don’t we build one for our brother Muslims?” Moreno said.
He said the city will consider all the traditions of a Muslim burial in building the cemetery.
The mayor said under Muslim tradition, the dead has to buried within 24 hours.
There is only one or two Muslim cemeteries in Metro Manila, and they are severely congested, he said.
Without proper burial grounds, Muslims in the city are left with no other option but to transport their dead to Mindanao, Moreno said.
This could cost at least P10,000 for the air fare alone, not easily affordable for the regular Muslims, he said.
Manila hosts a huge Muslim community that for years has been very cooperative with and helpful partners of the city government when it comes to community building and doing business.
“Providing them a burial site is our simple way of giving back to them although this is certainly not enough,” Moreno said.