Miss Asia Pacific International 2018 Sharifa Akeel reportedly walked down the aisle last week with a powerful Mindanao congressman.
According to the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos in a Facebook post, Ms. Akeel’s new husband is Maguindanao Rep. Toto Mangudadatu.
Mangudadatu became known to the public as a result of the so-called 2009 Maguindanao Massacre (also known as the Ampatuan Massacre) wherein his wife and several relatives were kidnapped and killed by members of a rival political clan, together with dozens of others (including 32 members of media).
The victims were in a convoy of cars on their way to file Mangudadatu’s certificate of candidacy for Maguindanao governor in the 2010 local elections, challenging Andal Ampatuan Jr. who was the son of the incumbent Gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr.
The Mangudadatu convoy was travelling along the national highway en route to Shariff Aguak town, where the provincial Comelec office was located, when they were accosted by several armed men identified with the Ampatuan clan.
They were then taken to a remote area in the town of Ampatuan were they were mercilessly shot execution-style and buried.
The New York City-based Committee to Protect Journalists, back then, described the incident as the single deadliest attack involving journalists in history.
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