In an article posted by Sunstar.com, nine foreigners were released after being held in Opol Police Station last Wednesday afternoon, November 15 for questioning.
The nine foreigners are from Asian Peasant Coalition (APC) who came to visit the farmers in Tingalan, Opol, Misamis Oriental. They were composed of four Thais, four Cambodians and an Indonesian and were members of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP).
The foreigners were on their way to meet the local farmers and will be exchanging experiences and insights when a personnel of the Opol town police blocked their way and held them for an hour for interrogation at the police station
Secretary-General of KMP-Northern Mindanao Region expresses disappointment and embarrassment from the incident stating that these foreigners felt harassed after a policeman in Opol blocked their way and held them for interrogation.
He added, when the group arrived, they made a courtesy call in the municipal hall last Tuesday then traveled to the hinterland village to meet the farmers.
Further, the foreigners have the complete documents and passed the legal process but policeman insists to take photos and verify their identities which made them feel and called it as “police harassment”.
Comander Opol Municipal Police Station, Sr. Insp. Dennis Rowell Flores explains they were just following their standard operating procedures to ensure the security of the residents in Opol and was on tight security measure after the incident that occurred in Marawi City.
Meanwhile, after the profiling the foreigners were then released from the police station.