By Liza Soriano
MANILA — Senator Robin Padilla stressed on Wednesday “the first positive steps have been taken to drum up public consciousness about our Muslim brethren through the commemoration of World Hijab Day.”
He made the remarks on Wednesday (01 Feb 2023) as he led a program marking the occasion at the Senate.
Padilla, who chairs the Senate Committee on Cultural Committees and Muslim Affairs, said he is glad that many women in the Senate, including Christians, wore the hijab as a show of unity with their Muslim brethren.
“Napakasarap na makita ang mga nagsusuot ng hijab, nakangiti at sila ay excited. May Almighty God bless you all,” the senator said.
Padilla also voiced hopes Senate Bill 1410, which he co-authored to institutionalize National Hijab Day in the Philippines on Feb. 1, will be passed in the 19th Congress.
“Sana ngayong Congress na ito sa Mataas at Mababang Kapulungan, maipasa na ito,” Padilla said.