THE Philippine National Police acknowledged the major role being played by their Muslim members as the country observes Eid’l Fitr, the worldwide celebration of the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Muslim police officers and men have been always playing a key role in the PNP’s peacekeeping efforts nationwide, fighting communist New People’s Army rebels or their fellow Muslims-turned lawless elements in Mindanao, specifically members of the Abu Sayyaf Group.
Many are also assigned in Metro Manila and other parts of the country where they serve as frontliners in the government’s war on drugs, criminality, terror and corruption or leading the police’s effort to gain full cooperation of the Filipino-Muslim community in the anti-criminality and anti-terror campaign.
However, Muslims are really not well-represented in the country’s uniformed services.
In the PNP alone which has nearly 170,000 uniformed personnel, only five percent or 8,924 are Muslims.
One of them is newly-promoted Police Colonel Ebra Minalang Moxsir, of the PNP Chaplain Service.
Currently the chief of the Chaplain Service’s Moral and Spiritual Enhancement Division and president of the Rotary Club of Manila, Quiapo Central, Moxsir rose to fame when he was appointed as the chief of the Marawi City Police Station at the height of the Marawi City siege on May 23, 2017 that killed 978 ISIS-inspired militants including 13 foreigners, 168 security troops and 87 civilians and wounded over 1,500 others following 5 months of heavy fighting.
As Marawi City police chief, Moxsir supervised all city police operations in the area which was flattened as a result of what has been described as the heaviest urban fighting in the Philippines since World War II.
Moxsir was the president of the Imam Council of the Philippines when he was named as Marawi City police chief on July 26, 2017 in order to “deliver a traditional yet innovative way of handling his area of responsibility using a fusion of spiritual and strategic rule to bring peace to the city.”
PNP chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde extended his greetings to the Filipino-Muslim community observing Eid’l Fitr today.
“This joyous occasion marks a distinct character of Filipino culture that observes high respect for religious freedom that affords unity and equality for all regardless of faith or ethnic divisions
“The PNP joins our Muslim brothers and sister in joyous celebration of this festive event even as we remain alert and watchful for any untoward incident that may spoil the solemnity of this occasion,” he added.