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ARMM 'alarmed' over Tarlac town's Muslim ID system
« on: July 10, 2017, 01:08:51 AM »
ARMM 'alarmed' over Tarlac town's Muslim ID system
Posted at Jul 08 2017 06:07 PM

The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) on Saturday expressed alarm over a Tarlac town’s implementation of an exclusive identification card system for Muslims.

ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman said he would like to look into the “legality and propriety” of Paniqui town’s Muslim ID system, calling it a form of discrimination against Muslims.

“We believe this policy clearly discriminates against the believers of Islam and could set a dangerous precedent. It could also ignite anger among young Muslims who are the primary target for recruitment of extremist groups,” Hataman said in a statement.
He added that if the ID system is for security purposes, it should be required of all Filipinos and not just Muslims.

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Re: ARMM 'alarmed' over Tarlac town's Muslim ID system
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2017, 07:16:26 PM »
Surprised no one here has called out ARMM and its liberal boosters on their bullshit.
It was the local Muslim community organization of Paniqui (PUMA) that instigated the ID.
they want to issue ID cards to their members, because so many of them have no ID card,
which in turn gets in the way of accessing certain services. I mean, for example lang, e
a person can't board a ferry or a plane w/o presenting an ID, 'di ba?

Kawawa naman.
Paano nga naman if these Muslims want to hijack/bomb a ferry or a plane?

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Re: ARMM 'alarmed' over Tarlac town's Muslim ID system
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2017, 10:31:25 PM »
Personally, I think the lesson to be learned here is the responsibility of the press to report the whole picture. It's easy for people to be alarmed by news reports if the media paints a more insidious picture than what actually exists.

To be honest, this is the first I've heard of this story and the lack of reporting on important details (that the policy was enacted with the consultation and consent of relevant stakeholders is a pretty significant oversight) in that ABS-CBN article is just downright irresponsible.

Central Luzon authorities mull over ID system for Muslims
Published: July 04, 2017
PAMPANGA, Philippines – Should Muslims living in Central Luzon be issued identification cards to ensure no sympathizers of Islamic State and Muslim terror groups could penetrate the region?

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

The consultation came as fightings between government forces 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 because of the conflict.


Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino, Police Regional Office 3 director, said an ID system for Muslims may help authorities and Muslim community leaders identify and weed out undesirable individuals and terrorists in the provinces of Pampanga, Bataan, Bulacan, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija and Aurora.

“This system is a good practice from 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,” he said.

Aquino said the ID system for Muslims in Paniqui town has been working very well. The identification cards, he said, bear the signatures of police and local government officials.

Muslims leaders did not oppose the idea outright, but said they would want to know more about Paniqui's experience and learn from it.


Aquino said the dialogue was aimed at promoting greater understanding and mutual respect and cooperation between the RJPSCC and the Muslim communities in the region.

The RJPSCC is composed of police, military and local government officials that makes and implement plans and actions to ensure peace and order and combat criminality and terrorism.

“We are doing a multi-sectoral approach in addressing this issue and I am glad that our Muslim brothers have signified their intention to cooperate with us. I enjoin everyone to take an active effort and participate in our campaign against all forms of lawlessness and I call out for your dynamic support in order to attain our common endeavor of preserving peace and order not just within Region 3 but our whole country as well,” Aquino said.

I'm somewhat skeptical of the statement that the ID system is necessarily "working well" at preventing undesirables from infiltrating local communities in the absence of an actual example of them having caught someone because of the ID system. For all we know that was never even a remote possibility.


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Re: ARMM 'alarmed' over Tarlac town's Muslim ID system
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2017, 02:03:24 PM »
Bato: ID system vs terror | - July 14, 2017
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—Director General Ronald “ Bato” dela Rosa, chief of the Philippine National Police, said he supported an identification (ID) system that would help stop local and foreign terrorists from creeping into communities and turning these into strongholds.

He said he approved of the system “if it doesn’t violate any human rights, if it can be considered constitutional and if it is acceptable to all stakeholders like communities, Muslims, local governments and police, kung mapag-usapan nang maayos (if this can be discussed well).”