Issue of October 8, 2017
Mt. Province

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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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Baguio Country Club
Department of Tourism – CAR
University of Baguio
Venus Parkview Hotel

Congressman Mark O. Go
Department of Health – CAR
Kings College of the Philippines
Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company
Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan
Narda’s Handwoven Arts & Crafts Inc.
Philex Mining Corporation
Pines City Colleges
Province of Benguet
Sangguniang Panlungsod
SM City Baguio
Social Security System

Assumption Medical Diagnostic Center
Baguio Center Mall
Baguio Central University
Baguio Heart and Lung Diagnostic Center Inc.
Baguio Memorial Chapels Incorporated
Baguio Water District
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources – CAR
C & Triple A Supermart
Congressman Ronald M. Cosalan
Curamed Pharmacy
Data Center College of the Philippines of Baguio City Inc.
Department of Agriculture – CAR
Department of Environment and Natural Resources – CAR
Department of Trade and Industry – CAR
Department of Transportation – CAR
Easter College Incorporated
Fabulo Beauty and Image Salon
Fast East Pacific Commercial
Filipino–Japanese Friendship Association of Northern Luzon, Inc.
GMS Technology
Immigration Network Services, Inc.
La Funeraria Paz, Inc.
Mayor Romeo K. Salda
MMS Development Training Center Corporation
Mother Earth Deli Basket
National Economic & Development Authority–CAR
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration
Philippine Science High School – CARC
R.A. Gapuz Review Center
Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board – CAR
Solibao – Ganza Restaurant
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority
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