'Just for Muslim officials?' Cotabato mayor questions move to strip local execs of police control

Lore Mae Andong, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 06 2017 04:45 PM

COTABATO CITY - Mayor Frances Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi on Thursday said she would write President Rodrigo Duterte and the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) to clear her name and appeal the resolution stripping over 100 local officials of police control over alleged ties to terrorists and drug syndicates.

Speaking to reporters, Sayadi said the NAPOLCOM should have first verified the work of local chief executives on its list before issuing a resolution tagging them in grave crimes.

The commission on Wednesday stripped at least 7 governors and 132 mayors of supervisory powers over local police for allegedly "engaging in acts inimical to national security or which negate the effectiveness of the peace and order campaign of the government; and providing material support to criminal elements."

The order came as Mindanao remained under martial rule amid continuing state offensives against Islamic State-linked terrorists that have been putting up a resistance for over a month now.

Sayadi said the resolution was questionable and somehow seemed intended only for Muslim local officials.

She said allegations that she supports terrorism were unfounded, adding that Cotabato City's crime rate has gone down since the local government implemented round-the-clock patrols.

Meanwhile, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Governor Mujiv Hataman also called on the NAPOLCOM to clarify its resolution and avoid making sweeping generalizations.

Hataman said a Regional Peace and Order Council meeting will be organized in the coming days to discuss how the NAPOLCOM's policy will affect local operations.