PNP Regional Office to replicate Paniqui’s ID system for Muslims in Region III

In a forum with PNP, Muslim communities leaders do not oppose the idea, say they want to know more about Paniqui's experience and learn from it.2 min

Muslim ID System

SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — In an aim to put an end on the spread of terrorism and lawlessness, the Philippine National Police Regional Office-Central Luzon led by its director PNP Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino is considering the implementation of an identification (ID) system for Muslims residing in Region III.

This was confirmed by Police Regional Office-Central Luzon Director Senior Superintendent Aaron Aquino said after a discussion with Muslim communities, religious leaders, members of the Regional Joint Public Safety Coordinating Committee (RJPSCC) and Brigadier General David Diciano of the 7th Infantry Division.

Aaron Aquino said that the proposed Muslim ID system is aimed at profiling the members of the Muslim communities which may help police authorities identify and annihilate bizarre personalities and suspected terrorists who are mingling with the good and righteous members of the Muslim communities in the six provinces in Region III.

Aquino added that the proposed unified ID system policy will also help Muslim leaders to identify the newcomers and avoid infiltration of misfit individuals in their respective communities.

This was among the important issues talked over by Central Luzon police, military, and political leaders and about 200 Muslim religious and community leaders in the region at the provincial capitol building on Monday, July 4.

The consultation came as the war between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and local terrorist groups in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, entered its 7h week, and the Supreme Court upheld President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao due to the conflict. The Philippines President has twice blamed residents of Marawi City for allowing ISIS-sympathizers to enter and stay in their area.

The Police Regional Office-Central Luzon Chief also explained that there are at least 28,000 Muslims in Central Luzon, most of them cling from from Marawi City, who have put up a total of 108 mosques in the provinces of Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales for local Muslim communities.

“This is just for the identification of every individual, of every Muslim. If we have the ID system, we will know who the residents are and who the visitors are in a place,” Aquino said.

He also said that such policy is already in place in municipal town of Paniqui in Tarlac, where Muslim IDs bearing the signatures of local PNP office and government officials are given to Muslim residents.

“This system is a good practice in Paniqui, Tarlac, and we want this to be replicated in all Muslim communities in the whole region for easy and efficient identification of our Muslim brothers and sisters,” Aquino said.

The Central Luzon PNP regional director said that during the dialogue, no Muslim leaders opposed the proposal outright, but requested for personal experiences of Muslim brothers and sisters in Paniqui, Tarlac for basis.

Aquino contradicted the reports circulating that ISIS extremists and other local terrorist groups are already in Pampanga and other provinces of Central Luzon, stressing the reports are merely “fake news” aim at agitating panic amongst the the general public.

Aquino reminded the general public to remain vigilant on the incidents on their surrounding and immediately report to authorities any unnatural activities. —

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