MANILA, Philippines — Cagayan Gov. Manuel Mamba associated the supposed lack of Muslims in his province with the peace and order prevailing there during a Senate hearing on Wednesday.
Mamba apologized, however, after his remarks angered Filipino Muslims, with a spokesperson of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) calling his statement “not only discriminatory” but also “unbecoming of an elected official.”
The governor made his statement as the Senate public works committee conducted a hearing on the massive flooding in Luzon provinces, including Cagayan, following recent typhoons.
Mamba had proposed dredging the Cagayan River.
“There was never a super …