Gov. Mangudadatu seeks help of LGU’s to halt violent extremism

In a report by Mindanews on May 17, it says that Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu has sought the help of the 36 mayors of the province in halting reported attempts by foreign visitors to spread the teaching of “violent extremism”.

In a meeting Tuesday, May 16 of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) in Buluan, the seat of Maguindanao Province,  Mangudadatu told the mayors that some Muslims preachers from abroad are teaching recruits on how to make improvised bombs.

“These persons could easily dupe our locals especially poorly educated communities,” he said, adding their use of Arabic could impress locals even if what’s being taught is no longer what is right’, Mangudatu told the mayors.

On May 12 to May 14, the Darul Ifta of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) held an Ulama Summit against Terrorism at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex.

In their statement, the Ulama and other Islamic Scholars declared:

It is HARAM (forbidden and unlawful) to use Islam to justify or legitimize violent extremism and terrorism:

It is incumbent upon us all to reeducate our constituents to rediscover our Islamic faith for justice, compassion, harmony and peace; and.

Finally, they said, “It is imperative upon us all to cooperate and collaborate with stakeholders in preventing and countering violent extremism and terrorism in its many forms and manifestations”.