MANILA — “Anak” hitmaker Freddie Aguilar and his 16-year-old girlfriend were married in Islamic rites on Friday afternoon at a restaurant in Buluan, Maguindanao.
ABS-CBN News Central Mindanao obtained photos of the private gathering, where 60-year-old Aguilar and his partner performed rituals in traditional Muslim weddings.
Aguilar, whose Muslim name is Abdul Farid, converted to Islam about six months ago, according to one of the wedding’s principal sponsors, Maguindanao Governor Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu.
Speaking with ABS-CBN News hours before the wedding, Mangudadatu explained that under Islamic practices, a couple can marry as soon as the woman has her first menstruation.
Presidential Decree No. 1083, which recognizes the system of Filipino Muslim laws, provides that “any Muslim male at least 15 years of age and any Muslim female of the age of puberty or upwards and not suffering from any impediment under the provisions of this Code may contract marriage.”
The provision further reads: “A female is presumed to have attained puberty upon reaching the age of fifteen.”
Aguilar and his girlfriend met during a an election campaign concert in Oriental Mindoro early this year. They became a couple after the minor, who is based in Naujan, stayed at Aguilar’s residence in Manila for 12 days.
When he disclosed his affair in October, Aguilar emphasized that he had the blessing of his partner’s parents. He reiterated this after he faced a qualified seduction case in relation to his controversial affair.
The singer, who separated from his third wife a decade ago, earlier said he and his girlfriend were planning to wed when she turns 18. They also openly discussed plans of having a family of their own.
Aguilar has six children from different relationships with the youngest being 24 years old.