HIGHLIGHT: Vice President Jejomar Binay found allies from the South. A group of Muslim leaders based in ZamBaSulTa provinces, which stands for Zamboanga, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, endorsed his bid for May 9 presidential race.
Over the weekend, Binay campaigned in Zamboanga City where he met with the religious leaders of the community and visited the Yakan Weaving Village.
The vice president asked for the support of these leaders who said they cannot endorse a fellow Mindanaoan who is Davao City Mayor Rody Duterte.
"We can no longer afford that thousands of Filipinos will die extra-judicially or through the other means of execution or other means of killing people in disguise of peace," said Prof. Sahid Udjah, secretary general of Sabiel Almuhtadeen Foundation-Philippines.
The group consists of around 1, 000 members.
They believe Binay can provide solutions to the conflict in the southermost islands of the country.
Prof. Udjah said, "We believe that he can deliver the goods for the Muslims. He can help solve the Mindanao agenda for lasting peace."
Binay said before the Yakan people, "Itong kandidatong ito, walang respeto sa babae. Sinasabi, 'pag kasama mo na babae, ano pa gagawin mo dyan? Parang nandyan para commodity, (This candidate has no respect for women. He says, when you're with a woman, what should you do with her. It's as if they (women) are a commodity."
In the latest mock polls, Duterte leads in Mindanao with almost 50 percent preferences while Binay's numbers are around 12-14%.