The city government of General Santos and members of a royal clan are close to signing a memorandum of agreement (MOA) that will pave the way for the development of a kubba or Muslim cemetery.
Descendants of Datu Madot and Datu Mohammad Ali Hanapi led by Bai Sulaya “Leah” Tandi Palalisan-Siao Mangumpaus recently turned over to city councilors the development plan for the cemetery located in Purok Malok, Barangay Labangal.
The documents, which include the genealogy and the tarsila or history of the royal clan, were received by Councilor Arturo Cloma, with Councilors Ramon R. Melliza, chairman of the committee on laws, rules and review of barangay ordinance and executive orders and Rosalita T. Nuñez, head of the panel on Muslim affairs and indigenous peoples, as witnesses.
Also present during the turn-over rites were Sammy Akmad, Macky Akmad, Johnny Siao Mangumpaus and Hanapi “Ping” Ibrahim
The turn over of the documents followed weeks of consultations and hearings that involved all parties concerned, including representatives of five clans — Palalisan, Sambuto, Pendatun, Bai Aga, and Ubpon.
“We provided these documents to prove that we are truly the legitimate and direct descendants of the late Datu Madot and Datu Mohammad Ali Hanapi,” Bai Sulaya said.
Datu Mohammad Ali Hanapi was buried at the Kubba, the sacred burial ground of the royal datus.
Bai Sulaya said all concerned parties agreed to the development of the burial site.