Estrada: Declaring National Hijab Day a meaningful bill

Estrada: Declaring National Hijab Day a meaningful bill

By Liza Soriano

MANILA — Senator Jinggoy Estrada said on Monday that making February 1 every year as National Hijab Day is “a simple yet meaningful piece of legislation that would benefit Muslim women.”

“Through the National Hijab Day, we are encouraging present and future generations to imbibe the culture and spirit behind the practice of wearing hijab as profession of faith, modesty, and dignity,” Estrada said in co-sponsoring Senate Bill No. 1410 under Committee Report No. 8.

The proposed designation of February 1 as National Hijab Day is in keeping with the annual World Hijab Day celebration, which also falls on that day.

The World Hijab Day aims to promote unity through diversity regardless of race, color, creed, or religion while fostering religious tolerance, combating bigotry and discrimination against Muslim women, and eradicating prejudice.

“This is another important step that we are taking through Christian-Muslim Filipino understanding and solidarity,” Estrada said.

The senator lauded Sen. Robinhood Padilla for prioritizing what he described as a simple yet meaningful piece of legislation.

“Batid naman po ni Sen. Robin na lagi akong nakasuporta sa kanyang mga ipinaglalaban, lalo na’t ito ay para sa interes at kapakanan ng ating mga mahal na kapatid na Muslim na malapit na malapit rin po sa aking puso at sa puso ng aking ama na si Pangulong Joseph Estrada,” the lawmaker said.

(AI/MTVN)

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