Friday, October 31, 2008

December 15, 2007

Pinoy pilgrim dies, another detained in Saudi
12/15/2007 01:27 AM

A Filipino pilgrim died of stroke and another was caught by airport immigration agents in Jeddah as they prepare for the Islamic Hajj season in Saudi Arabia.

The fatality was identified as Jalad Padjing Dasid, a 64-year-old retired policeman from Zamboanga City. He was pronounced dead at 10 a.m. Friday after suffering a stroke at Al Noor Hospital in Makkah.In line with the Islam tradition, he was buried at 6 p.m. Dalib was accompanied to the pilgrimage by his daughter Berkis D. Talib.

Hajj Attache Soliman C. Mutya said pilgrim Saguira Manibpel from Sultan Kudarat was apprehended upon her arrival on Dec. 11 because of a discrepancy in her passport entries.

Jeddah Consul General Pendosina Lomondot instructed his men to locate and assist Manibpel in her trouble. Mutya said there are 5, 200 pilgrims from the Philippines to participate in the 2007 Hajj Season.

The first batch of 327 pilgrims arrived on November 20.Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Governor Datu Zaldy Ampatuan joined the group on Dec. 7.The Philippine pilgrim is headed by the Amirul Hajj (head of Hajj) Commissioner Salic B. Dumarpa of the National Labor Relations Commission and Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal Alonto Adiong Jr, the presidential special envoy for the 2007 Hajj.

The Hajj ritual in Makkah will run from December 17 to 22. On December 24, the Philippine consulate in Jeddah will host a traditional Hajj night in honor of Dumarpa and Adiong.

Other government officials taking part in the Hajj Season are Anak Mindanao party list Rep. Mujiv Hataman, Maguindanao Governor Datu Andal Ampatuan; Attorney Faisal Hussien, chief of the Bureau of Immigration’s intelligence division; Sulu Governor Sacor Tan; Sulu Rep.Yusop H. Jikiri; and TAwi-Tawi Governor Sadikul A. Sahali. - Ronaldo Concha, GMANews.TV

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