By Roger Pe
Jacel resides in Maharlika Village, Taguig City, a village created by the government as a subdivision for Muslim Filipinos in 1974. Her grandmother from her mother’s side was from Pangasinan. Her grandfather hailed from Sorsogon. Her father Sultan Jamalul Kiram III met her Christian mother when the latter was reviewing for CPA exams. Her name is a marriage of Muslim and Christian words: Jamalul and Celia.
The Sabah issue has created another monster and Jacel’s heart bleeds for Filipino refugees who have become hostage to the territorial pendulum. “The world needs to know about the plight of the “Halaws”, people and children that have been driven away because of this,” she says.