Bacolod police to ‘profile’ evacuees

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BACOLOD CITY: The Bacolod City Police Office will conduct a selective profiling of the 14 Maranaos confirmed to be staying with their relatives in the city, acting BCPO director and Senior Supt. Jack Wanky said over the weekend.

“We will not do profiling of all members. What we will do is selective profiling only of those whom we see or perceive as suspicious members or persons of interest,” Wanky explained.

He said the 14 evacuees from besieged Marawi City, capital of Lanao del Sur province, are staying in Muslim communities in Barangay 30 and Barangay 31.

According to Wanky, the profiling will be carried out upon orders of Chief Supt. Edmund Gonzales, Police Regional Office 8 director.


“Our station commanders have coordinated with local officials in the barangay (village) and met with some of the Maranaos who sought refuge with their relatives here in the city. As of now, we don’t see any person or persons of interests or suspicious characters among them,” he said.

He, however, added that they cannot determine if the Maranaos are evacuees or refugees.

“We will still have to establish if these Maranaos will permanently stay with their relatives and, if they are refugees, then they could have sought the help of the government. There is this implication and we have to really qualify them but we are not in authority on how to classify them,” Wanky said.

BCPO station commanders have been ordered to continuously coordinate with authorities in villages where there are Muslim evacuees, he added.

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