On June 26, 2020, Mylene “Mai” Aguilar Maligaya Mangudadatu, 32, appeared on the TV5 show “Wanted sa Radyo” hosted by Raffy Tulfo. She accused her husband Esmael “Toto” Gaguil Mangudadatu, 51, of having an affair with Miss Asia Pacific International 2018 Sharifa Mangatong Areef Mohammad Omar Akeel, 22.
According to Mylene, she is spending the quarantine period in Metro Manila, Philippines while the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is ongoing. She said, meanwhile, her husband is with Akeel in Mindanao.
Tulfo said Akeel initially agreed to appear on “Wanted sa Radyo” but later on ignored the calls of the show’s staff. Neither Toto nor Akeel has responded to Mylene’s accusations.
Born in Lebak, Sultan Kudarat, Philippines on July 24, 1997, Akeel is of Qatari, Iranian and Filipino descent. Representing the Kalimudan festival of Sultan Kudarat, she competed in the 2018 Reyna ng Aliwan but was unplaced.
On September 16, 2018, Akeel was crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas-Asia Pacific International 2018 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila. Representing the Philippines, she became the first ever Muslim Miss Asia Pacific International in the New Performing Arts Theater of Resorts World Manila in Pasay City on October 4, 2018.
On October 9, 2019, Akeel crowned Chaiyenne Huisman of Spain as Miss Asia Pacific International 2019. The Qatari-Iranian-Filipino beauty queen served as the muse of Vietnam at the Southeast Asian Games 2019, which was held in the Philippines from November 30, 2019 to December 11, 2019.
Like Akeel, Mylene was also a beauty queen. In 2005, Toto’s wife was crowned Binibining Muntinlupa.
In 2006, Mylene competed in Binibining Pilipinas and was unplaced but won the Miss Friendship special award. In 2019, she ran for councilor in the first district of Muntilupa, Metro Manila and earned 37,087 votes, which was the 12th highest number of votes for that position.
Toto was the mayor of Buluan, Maguindanao, Philippines from from 2003 to 2007 and the town’s vice mayor from 2007 to 2010. He served as the governor of Maguindanao from 2010 to 2019 and was elected in 2019 as the representative of the second district of the province.
In 2009, Toto’s family members, aides, lawyers and supporters were kidnapped and murdered along with several journalists while they were on their way to file his candidacy for the gubernatorial elections. His scheduled opponent for the 2010 elections, Andal Ampatuan Jr., was charged with murders.