Padilla dismayed over PNP: It is not right to use word ‘Muslim’ to refer to hostage-takers

Padilla dismayed over PNP: It is not right to use word ‘Muslim’ to refer to hostage-takers

By Liza Soriano

Sen. Robin Padilla (yahoo News photo courtesy)

MANILA — Senator Robin Padilla has on Sunday expressed his dismay over the discrimination shown by some policemen who responded to the hostage-taking of former Sen. Leila De Lima.

Padilla pointed out that it is not right to use the word “Muslim” and urged the PNP leadership to educate police personnel on the use of the word “Muslim.”

“Ako ay nananawagan sa Philippine National Police na magkaroon ng edukasyon sa paggamit ng salitang Muslim. Discrimination po ito kapag binibigkas ng pulis na ito ang salitang Muslim. Maging parehas po tayo ng trato sa bawat Pilipino,” he said on his Facebook account.

“Kapag may kidnapper o holdupper o pumatay ng tao hindi man niyo sinasabi na Kristiyano ito,” he added.

Padilla was referring to a video on social media showing the police who responded to the incident referred to the hostage-takers as “Muslims.”

He said one should not use the word “Muslim” in identifying people involved in a crime or terrorism.

“Mainam po na identify niyo po sila hindi sa kanyang religion dahil walang kinalaman ang religion po dito. Ang batas ay hinubog sa anyo ng hustisya at pinapatupad ito ng alagad ng batas. Kung ang alagad ng batas ay humusga ng bansag sa isang religion para saan pa po ang babaeng nakapiring ang mga mata at may hawak na timbangan?” he said. (ai/mtvn)

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