Rep. Alonto Balindong calls for investigation of alleged police abuse on Muslim traders in Manila

COTABATO CITY–Lanao del Sur 2nd District Rep. Yasser Alonto Balindong in a statement on Sunday, June 12 said, “As a Muslim congressman, I call on all concerned agencies of the government to conduct immediate investigation on the alleged illegal violation of domicile and arrest of Muslims residents in Amatista, San Andres Bukid, Manila.
During the celebration of 122nd Philippine Independence Day, Saadudin Alawiya and Abdullah Maute were tagged by the members of the Manila Police District (MPD) as drug suspects, and were arrested without a warrant in San Andres, Manila. The alleged search in the house of the traders was also said to be illegal.

“According to witnesses, the said personalities forced their way into the house of the Muslim family without coordinating with barangay officials regarding their operation. They also refused to show their identification documents and were not armed with any search warrant nor warrant of arrest,” Balindong said as quoted by Manila Bulletin in its report on June 15.

“Some neighbors also discovered that the license plate of the vehicle used by these individuals was superimposed with a paper printed with a different plate number. The suspected individuals were looking for the vault and jewelries of the family. They also took the cellphones of those in the house,” he added.

Balindong said “Muslim communities are worried about their security and possible violations of their basic human rights.”

“I therefore urge all concerned agencies of the government to come together and perform a Bayanihan act to heal our people as one not only in the interest of health but also in protecting the security of our Muslim brothers and sisters,” he also said.