Freddie Aguilar converts to Muslim, marries 16-year-old girlfriend

Photos from ABS-CBN News

Folk music icon Freddie Aguilar and his 16-year-old fiancé were married in Islamic rites on Friday, November 22, at BBGM Restaurant in Buluan, Maguindanao.

Mangudadatu, who stands as principal sponsor, said he had personally suggested to Aguilar that the wedding be held here.

Aguilar, who was a Born-Again Catholic, was inclined to embrace Islam even before meeting his would-be wife. The bride will turn 17 on November 29.

Aguilar, whose Muslim name is Abdul Farid, converted to Islam about six months ago, according to Mangudadatu.

“It will be his accountability to God,” Mangudadatu replied when asked if Aguilar, who was sued for qualified seduction last month, only became a Muslim for personal convenience.

Philippine civil laws prohibit minors marrying, but Presidential Decree 1083 or the Muslim Family Code allows such union as long as the bride has had menstruation. Prophet Mohammed similarly married a teenager when he was over 50 years old.

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