ZAMBOANGA CITY: Copies of the Bible were reportedly being distributed along with relief goods to refugees of the Marawi siege at various evacuation centers in Mindanao.
According to the group called “I Care for Bangsamoro Movement,” Muslims were also being persuaded to enroll their children in a non-Muslim missionary school in exchange for regular allowances. This also happened to Muslim evacuees during the rebel siege of Zamboanga City in 2013.
The group also posted a photo of a Bible – translated into the Meranao dialect – on their Facebook account and warned Muslim evacuees about it.
It did not say who were behind the distribution of the Bible or the name of the missionary school and it was not immediately known whether social workers or camp managers were aware of this.
There are evacuation centers in Saguiaran town in Lanao del Sur and in Iligan City resulting from the fighting in Marawi City, which was attacked last May by the Islamic State-affiliated Maute Group.