THE police together with a civic group have built a mosque for the Muslim community greatly affected by the 2013 siege in Zamboanga City.

The project is in line with the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) M+K+K=K (Malasakit, Kaayusan, Kapayapaan tungo sa Kaunlaran and Kasimbayanan (Kapulisan, Simbahan at Pamayanan peace and security framework of Police General Rodolfo Azurin, Jr., the PNP chief.

The newly-completed mosque, which was inaugurated and turned over Monday, March 20, is located at Sitio Hongkong in Rio Hondo village, the site of fierce gun battle between government troops and the Misuari loyalists Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) members that broke out on September 9, 2013.

During the turnover ceremony, Police Colonel Alexander Lorenzo, Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) director, highlighted the importance of the noble project to the Muslim community in relation to the performance of their religious obligation, practices, and promoting the core value as God-fearing.

Lorenzo encouraged the Muslim community to religiously practice their faith and to follow the commandment of their religion.

He also expressed his gratefulness and gratitude to the sponsors and facilitators of the newly-completed project.

The construction of the mosque is a pilot project of the ZCPO’s Station 11 in partnership with the Mamlaqa Arabia Golden Eagles Club.

Jinul Malik, Rio Hondo village chairperson, said the completion of the mosque is timely since the Holy month of Ramadan is scheduled to start on Wednesday, March 22. (SunStar Zamboanga)