In an effort to prevent recruitment of Muslim students for extremists schemes, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Thursday announced it has started gathering information on Muslims studying in Metro Manila schools and universities as part of its fight against violent extremism.
This ensured after the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) revealed that there are certain groups influencing Muslim students in counter terrorism seminars
In a statement, NCRPO spokesman Britz Estadilla said that they are already building the agency’s database for their campaign against extremism and clarified that the move is not for profiling but for the protection of Muslims and Christians alike.
To recall, the Manila Police District recently released a memorandum that directed all police stations to submit an updated list of Muslim students in their respective areas and it included students in high schools, colleges and universities.
Among the information being gathered were the total number of Muslim students, number of females and males, their academic levels, and the names of the schools.
Estadilla clarified that the set of information will be used for for Salaam Police Center’s series of activities in Metro Manila “as part of the strengthening of peace building to counter violent extremism of the Philippine National Police.”