Allan Policarpio of the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that Freddie Aguilar is considering converting to Islam in order to marry his 16-year-old girlfriend "at the soonest possible time."
According to the report, the singer said he has been mulling about changing his religion after his fans and "'big names' in the Muslim community" expressed support for his relationship with a minor, with some of them even suggesting that the couple hold an Islamic wedding. The singer, who described himself as a "Born Again Catholic" added that his girlfriend is also open to the idea of becoming a Muslim.
But the 60-year-old singer clarified that he is also aware of the fact that under the law, he can only marry his girlfriend legally when she turns 18. Aguilar said the girl's parents have already given their blessing for the wedding but requested that it be done in their hometown in Oriental Mindoro.
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