NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office director Major General Debold M. Sinas yesterday dispelled suspicions they are “profiling” Muslim students in Metro Manila with the activation of their Salaam Police Policing program.
“I have learned that a memorandum document about the updated list of Muslim Students in High School, Colleges and Universities in Metro Manila garnered several reactions and opinions from our public.
“To shed light on this matter, the memorandum is not about profiling but the statistics of Salaam Police Center on the number of Muslim High Schools and College students in Metro Manila in order to conduct interventions and programs in strengthening Salaam Police in partnership with the community,” the Metro Manila police chief said.
Sinas also emphasized that the “Philippine National Police fully supports all the government’s peace initiatives and holds series of activities in Metro Manila as part of the strengthening of peace-building to counter violent extremism thru the PNP Directorate for Police- Community Relations’ Salaam Police Center.
“The Center was created to oversee the diverse cultural differences and concerns, especially in the aspect of safety and security. One of its function is to undertake close monitoring, networking and liaising activities with Muslim communities and other communities in addressing terrorism and lawless violence in their respective areas,” he said.
Sinas also explained that the PNP continues to conduct “short ugnayan/dialogue, trainings, seminars and continuing education for our Muslim brothers to establish good rapport to the community.”