60-year-old singer converts to Islam, marries 16-year-old girlfriend
MANILA, Philippines - As if proving the adage "love always finds a way," controversial musician Freddie Aguilar is marrying his 16-year-old girlfriend in Muslim rites in Buluan, Maguindanao, on Friday, a local English tabloid reported Friday.
Under Philippine laws, a 16-year-old girl is still a minor and isn't allowed to marry.
The 60-year-old singer is facing qualified seduction charges before the Quezon City Prosecutor's office that was filed in October by lawyer Fernando Perito, a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines.
The report said Aguilar had earlier agreed to convert into Islam, which allows such union.
Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu, the tabloid report added, will officiate the wedding rites.
On November 2, Aguilar said in an INQUIRER report that he will do "whatever it takes even if it would mean converting into Islam" just to marry his girlfriend.