Manila Standard : Former MNLF leader backs Bongbong candidacy

17 March 2022

By Manila Standard

A former member of the well-known and legendary Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) “Magic 8” and his relatives expressed support for the candidacy of the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) frontrunner Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr.

Hadji Ahmad Omar, former mayor of Luuk and Omar Municipalities in Sulu, is the only remaining survivor of Magic 8

He said he still has never forgotten the kindness of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos, that’s why until now, he and their family have given the BBM-Sara UniTeam full support.

“Today I write you a letter to let you know that I, Hadji Ahmad M. Omar, the remaining lone surviving member of the Magic Eight together with our families, descendants, and loyal comrades who are now scattered in the island provinces of Sulu, Basilan, and Tawi-Tawi as well as in the Zamboanga Peninsula, will vote for you and campaign for your candidacy for President vigorously with your tandem Sara Duterte for vice president of the Republic,” said Omar.

Magic 8 is a group of MNLF commanders who surrendered to former President Marcos on November 3, 1973. Since then, they have remained faithful and have not fought back against the government.

They have given more support and loyalty to the government as they received all the necessary assistance from the Marcos administration including economic projects in Mindanao.

“We are sure you and Sara will follow in his footsteps in helping the Muslims, the Bangsa Tausug, the Bangsamoro people, and the inhabitants of our homeland as well as the entire nation to extricate themselves from poverty and hardship,” he said.

Seven members of Magic 8, Habib Tupay Loong, Ali Abubakar, Hadji Abbas Estino, aka Maas Bawang, Bagis Talib, Jairulla Abdurajak, Imam Madisan Maldisa and Lutian Ahajan, are now dead, but Omar assured that the family and the rest of their race are fully supporting the BBM-Sara UniTeam.

“I can assure you that their families, descendants and followers remain with us in supporting your candidacy to make this nation great again,” Omar said.