Issue of October 8, 2017
     
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Vendors from South told to stop using ethnicity as excuse
by Rimaliza A. Opiña

Vendors who are accosted for violating ordinances or laws should stop using their ethnic affiliations as excuse to gain sympathy.

In his weekly news briefing aired over government radio station DZEQ, Mayor Mauricio Domogan appealed to immigrants who usually come from provinces in Mindanao to stop playing the victim card by claiming that they were accosted by police or the Public Order and Safety Division because they happen to be “Muslims.”

Domogan said the police or POSD do not discriminate. He said the POSD or the police arrest when a law is violated and has nothing to do with ethnic backgrounds or religious beliefs.

“Bakit ‘pag hinuhuli ang Igorot sa ibang lugar, wala namang sinasabing hinuli kami dahil Igorot kami,” Domogan said, recalling that the Igorots, like the Muslims, have experienced decades of discrimination but the former never used their ethnicity as an excuse.

Muslim leaders earlier committed to cooperate with the policies of the city government and will not condone their fellows who commit mistakes.

The mayor issued the statement following his request to the police to profile students of schools managed by Muslims, who were said to have studied here and later spotted in Marawi City working with ISIS in fighting government forces.

Domogan said the directive is not meant to single them out but only to assist the government obtain accurate information.

The city government and the Baguio City Police has also organized continuing dialogue with the Muslim community in Baguio. Its leaders denied the presence of members  who may have links with alleged crime groups. They assured to immediately report to the police any suspicious events or activities of their members.


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