Cotabato City (February 21, 2020) – The Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) has condemned the discriminatory profiling of Muslim students in Metro Manila by the District Community Affairs and Development Division (DCADD) of the Manila Police District (MPD).
The condemnation was contained in the Proposed Resolution No. 201 that the members of the BTA Parliament passed unanimously on Friday.
The BTA resolution was triggered by the memorandum issued on January 31 upon the direction of Police Brigadier General Bernabe M. Balpa to the DCADD of the MPD, ordering their station commanders to submit lists of Muslim students in high schools, colleges and universities in Metro Manila.
Member of Parliament Amilbahar Mawallil, author of the resolution, said the MPD implies that the young Muslims are potential violent extremists who require more scrutiny and attention from law enforcement group.
“The Muslim youth is subjected to this intrusion due to their religious affiliation, which is a form of discrimination,” Mawallil said.
Mawallil said “the profiling measure targets young Muslims who enjoy the intended safe spaces provided by these educational institutions.”
“The BTA, a body of multicultural representation, denounces religious and all other forms of discrimination, which it deems disgraceful and unbefitting of any agency of government or personnel thereof,” Mawallil said.
He appeals further to all public servants and the government institutions to which they belong to be more circumspect in introducing policies so that they promote inclusion and harmony instead of exclusion and disunity. (Office of the Secretary General, MIS, Parliament)
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