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Tarlac town ID system discriminates against Muslims–ARMM

/ 07:30 AM July 09, 2017

The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) on Saturday expressed alarm over the identification system adopted by a Central Luzon town that supposedly discriminates against Muslims.

The ARMM in a statement also questioned the legality and propriety of the ID system that Paniqui, Tarlac implemented in an apparent move to root out people with terror links.

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“We believe this policy clearly discriminates against the believers of Islam and could set a dangerous precedent,” the ARMM statement read.

“It could also ignite anger among young Muslims who are the primary targets for recruitment of extremist groups,” it added.

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Several lawmakers who have pushed for a national ID system voiced concern over the Muslim-only ID in Paniqui, with Sen. Richard Gordon calling it a violation of constitutional rights.

The ARMM government urged an urgent dialogue with local government and security officials to straighten out the matter.

“If the requirement is security-related, the ID system should be applied to every resident of the community, to every Filipino, [and] not just Muslims,” it said, adding there are 25,000 law-abiding Muslim citizens in Central Luzon. —Frinston Lim

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