Stakeholders undergo trainers’ training on anti-radicalism, anti-drug advocacy in Sarangani

In an effort to help sustain peace and order in the province, Sarangani provincial government hosted a trainers’ training on anti-radicalism and anti-drug on October 10-11 at the Capitol in Alabel participated by Asatidz (Madrasah teachers), PNP Salam Council and Muslim policemen and army.

Two Ulama (Islamic scholars) were invited to discuss the Islamic perspective on violent extremism and prohibited drugs.

Proliferation of narcotics is one of the major police concerns in Sarangani. PNP records convey that 127 of the 141 barangays in the province are affected by drugs.

The authorities are also confronted with a problem on a certain local radical youth group wanted for sowing some insurgency in the Western part of the province.

It was reported that this local armed group had pledged allegiance to the ISIS, an extremist Jihadist organization in the Middle East espousing the re-establishment of caliphate.

The resource persons related the origin of ISIS employing terroristic means in Middle Eastern states to achieve its objectives and even killing Muslims unsympathetic to their cause. 

They reminded the audiences that “Islam is a religion of unity, and forbids the disunity, which is much caused by extremism.”

“Extremists even kill their two parents who oppose their way of Jihad,” the Aleem said. 

“Any substance which has the effect of befogging or clouding the mind, impairing its faculties of thought, perception, and discernment is categorized as an alcohol (khamr),” the lecturer said.

He explained, “Drugs such as cannabis, cocaine, opium, shabu and others are definitely included in the prohibited category of alcohol.”