Statement of ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman on the proposed Muslim-only ID in Tarlac
The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) expresses alarm over reports that the local government of Paniqui in the province of Tarlac is now implementing an ID system but applied exclusively to Muslims.
We would like to look into the legality and propriety of the ID system. We recommend for an urgent dialogue with the local government as well as national law enforcement and security officials.
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.
There are over 25,000 law-abiding Muslim citizens in Central Luzon.
If the requirement is security related, the ID system should be applied to every resident of the community, to every Filipino, not just Muslims.
The great majority of Muslims in this country has been suffering from senseless acts of violence committed by extremists and terrorists.
We appreciate efforts outside Mindanao to fight terrorism, but, please, not through measures that could further worsen the current situation.