BAGUIO CITY – As thousands of Islam faithful pray for lasting peace in Mindanao during the Eid al-Fitr, the city police chief called on Muslims to be partners for peace in the city.
At the Baguio Athletic Bowl last June 25, Muslims, locals and foreigners in the city gathered for the traditional Eid prayers to celebrate the end of Ramadan as they prayed for peace and unity especially for those suffering amid the conflict in the Islamic City of Marawi.
City Police Office Director PSSupt. Ramil Saculles took this opportunity to talk to the Muslim brothers and sisters in the city and to appeal to them to help maintain peace and order in Baguio and help the authorities in preventing terrorism threats and activities to occur in the city.
“I appeal to you, our brothers and sisters from the Muslim community, help us protect Baguio City against the threats from terrorist groups and rebels,” Saculles said.
“This is already your city, help us, help the police, help the government protect it, ” he added.
The police chief said that Baguio like Davao City, Bohol and other areas in the Visayas and Mindanao are tourism destinations which are vulnerable target of terrorism activities, thus the cooperation of all individuals, groups and sectors is very important to prevent violent activities from happening.
The city government of Baguio and the BCPO have been conducting consultation- dialogues with the Muslim community to call for cooperation among them and be partners in the peace keeping efforts in the city. /JDP/RMC & UP Interns –PIA CAR