IN VIEW of the ongoing armed conflict between government forces and the Maute terror group in Marawi City in Mindanao, Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan is asking the Muslim community to report to the police about presence of suspicious individuals in their areas.
Domogan met earlier with leaders and representatives of the local Muslim community and appealed for their help by coordinating with the police to ensure the city’s peace and order situation.
He emphasized, however, that the request does not in any way target or discriminate against Muslims whom he said are respected members of Baguio’s community.
Domogan pointed out he does not tolerate discrimination of any kind and everybody is treated equally in the city regardless of religion or ethnic background.
He also urged all Baguio residents to do the same, adding this will allow authorities to do proper monitoring on individuals and know the reason for their visit to the Summer Capital and other pertinent information.
“We are all stakeholders in ensuring the safety of our families and communities,” the mayor said.
Domogan said the move is not to discriminate against anyone but to prevent the occurrence of any untoward incidents that will compromise the safety and security of local residents.
As a melting pot of various cultures, the mayor has often extolled the importance of Baguio residents being “united in diversity” for the city’s progress. (PR)