POLICE and military officials conducted on Tuesday, July 4, a dialogue with Muslim community leaders in Central Luzon regarding peace and order in the region.
The Muslim Leaders’ Forum, which was held at the Benigno Aquino Hall at the Capitol Compound, City of San Fernando, sought to promote greater understanding and mutual respect and cooperation between the Regional Joint Public Safety Coordinating Committee (RJPSCC) and Muslim communities amidst the ongoing conflict in Mindanao.
“We are doing a multi-sectoral approach in addressing this issue and I am glad that our Muslim brothers have signified their intention to cooperate with us,” said Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino, Central Luzon police chief.
Some 200 Muslims, led by their respective imams or leaders, signified their support in maintaining peace across the region.
“I enjoin everyone to take an active effort and participate in our campaign against all forms of lawlessness and I call out for your dynamic support in order to attain our common endeavor of preserving peace and order not just within Region III but our whole country as well. We are also counting on you,” Aquino said.
“Tulungan ninyo ang kapulisan at ang military na sugpuin ang anumang masamang gawaing na maaaring ihasik ng mga taong nais manggulo sa katahimikan ng inyong komunidad at isumbong ninyo agad ang mga kahinahinalang tao at kanilang ‘di-kanais-nais na mga aktibidad,” Aquino added.
ID system for Muslims
Aquino said PRO-Central Luzon is contemplating on providing identification cards for Muslims who chose to stay in Central Luzon to easily pinpoint Muslim immigrants and combat terrorism threats in the region.
Aquino said that this can help local Muslim communities in identifying suspicious individuals and report them to local authorities.
“This system is a good practice from Paniqui, Tarlac and we want this to be replicated to all Muslim communities in the whole region for easy and efficient identification of our Muslim brothers and sisters,” he said.
He also added that the proposed identification system should be signed by the local chiefs-of-police and the local government units for proper authorization. (JTD/SunStar Pampanga/With PR)