Philippine school bans students from wearing hijabs
ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AFP) - A Catholic-run school in the southern Philippines has caused controversy by banning Muslim students from wearing the hijab headscarf.
Mr Mehol Sadain, who heads the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos, said on Sunday he had written to Pilar College in the mixed Muslim-Christian port city of Zamboanga to demand it reverse its policy.
While the school was right to claim it could exercise academic freedom, Mr Sadain said it should do so with "justice and fair play".
"Pilar College should realise that while educational institutions can formulate their own policies, the same should not run counter to existing laws and state policies," Mr Sadain said.