Salinlahi alliance for Children’s Concerns expresses concern over the move of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Manila Police District to profile Muslim students in High Schools, Colleges and Universities in National Capital Region as part of its supposed fight against violent extremism.

As a child rights organization, we are deeply alarmed and enraged over this yet another irrational and unwarranted move of the PNP as it poses nothing but serious risks to Muslim students including children who are studying at secondary schools. The memorandum promotes discrimination and Islamophobia and severely undermines the safety and security of the Muslim students. 

We fear that the profiling will result to possible police surveillance and their increased presence in schools as well as spike in cases of harassment, intimidation and threat against Muslim students. Such move may create fear among Muslim youth of being falsely accused of joining in terroristic activities or sympathizing with violent extremists.

We urge the PNP to respect our Muslim brothers and sisters; and observe existing laws on the children’s rights by immediately recalling the memorandum. We also support the statement of Senator Nancy Binay demanding the PNP to end all kinds of profiling that target specific individuals or groups based on appearance, political beliefs, religion, ethnicity, gender identity or sexual orientation.

As the violence and impunity reign, we are concerned that the profiling may also be deliberately used by police authorities as a tool to target students and organizations in high schools, colleges and universities that are critical to government policies; or as a further basis for subjecting innocent individuals to unwarranted arrest, detention or worse to extra-judicial killings as we have witnessed under the war on drug campaign of the current administration.####

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