THE city government of Marikina will hold on Sunday, July 9, an interfaith dialogue with Muslim residents of the city “to promote understanding and greater tolerance.”
Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro made the call amid fears of some quarters that Muslims will once again become victims of biases and harassment after the members of the Maute Group attacked Marawi City in Lanao del Sur province.
“We have coordinated with the Commission on Muslim Affairs to have an interfaith dialogue with our Muslim community in the city,” Teodoro said.
“This [interfaith dialogue]is one of the ways where we may be able to discuss with them that they are part of the community of Marikina, and also to determine who will not participate in this event. We can see how radical they are if they refuse to participate in this event,” the mayor explained.
Marikina City also played host to a large Muslim community, most of them are from conflict-torn Marawi City.
Teodoro said that there are Maute clan members residing in the city.
“Most of them are traders, but some of them are in the drugs watch list,” he said.