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Muslims schools in city not haven for terrorism
by Harley F. Palangchao

Muslim leaders and teachers allayed public fear that schools run by Muslims in Baguio have been harboring alleged terrorists, who authorities claimed, have been sighted in Marawi, recently.

Reports of such was brought out to the Regional Peace and Order Council meeting in Apayao, where RPOC Chair and Baguio Mayor Mauricio Domogan said the information was relayed to him by the National Commission for Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) Anti-Terrorism Council.

But during a forum between the Baguio City Police Office and Muslim leaders and teachers of schools run by Muslims, two officials of the NCMF said they were informed by Muslim teachers that they are committed in supporting the campaign against terrorism in Baguio.

“There is no truth to reports that Muslims or schools run by Muslims are harboring terrorists in our midst. There are no direct linkages bet-ween Muslims in Baguio and terrorists,” said Yasser Guro, NCMF head for Baguio.

“For years, we have established a good relationship and harmony with the people of Baguio, the city government, and our local police. In fact, we strictly adhere to the teachings of Islam, which teaches us to do what is good and avoid what is evil,” Guro added.

Abel Macarimpas, another Muslim leader, said Muslims have adopted Baguio as their second home and has become a safe haven for their families and relatives.

He added that intermarriages between Muslims and individuals belonging to various ethnolinguistic groups in the Cordillera made Muslims supportive of the peace and order campaign of the BCPO and other law enforcement agencies.

“There are no other people who love Baguio than the people of Baguio themselves, including our Muslim brothers and sisters, who made this city their home,” Macarimpas said.

Several ustadj (Muslim teachers) also assured BCPO Director S/Supt. Ramil Saculles they are supportive of the anti-terrorism and peace and order campaigns of the local police, adding they will be the first to report Muslims with links to radical or terror groups.

Domogan was invited to attend the forum but the mayor was in South Korea that time for an official foreign visit.


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