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More hajj visas, President appeals

Taking the cudgels for Filipino pilgrims to Mecca, Saudi Arabia who might be stranded in Manila, President Benigno S. Aquino III appealed last Tuesday to King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud for his benevolence by granting 1,100 more hajj visas so they can travel to the kingdom and fulfill their Islamic obligation.

One-thousand seven-hundred twelve Filipino pilgrims for Hajj 2011 out of the 5,244 who registered have reached Mecca, Saudi Arabia, in the last four days, with 505 scheduled to travel today to perform the fifth pillar of Islam.

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