Social media furor swirled to epic proportions after netizens cast their two cents worth over foreign-funded plans of certain personalities to build a Muslim mosque in Jetafe town.
This came after the Boholano people expressed anew a torrent of worries concerning the alleged 13 Muslim missionaries who earlier had arrived in the province via Jagnaseaport following the outbreak of Marawi siege, but now their whereabouts remain as mysterious as their true reason for coming to Bohol.
Last week, at least five fake Muslim missionaries were arrested in Cagayan de Oro City after they failed to recite basic Muslim incantation before police operatives who had intercepted them upon entry to the City of Golden Friendship.
And for a people still reeling from the shock and trauma brought about by the infiltration of Abu Sayyaf bandits here last April, anything that is of Islamic nature could spontaneouslytrigger restlessness and discomfort in the minds of peace-loving Boholanos.
As this developed, about 52,029 people have reacted or seen the photo posted on the Bohol Tribune Facebook page, with at least 191 shares, 292 reactions from Facebook users and more than 400 comments as of yesterday.
The post featured a photo of the tarpaulin telling the public of a plan to put up a Muslim house of prayer called a mosque or a masjid.
The site is located at sitio Ba-at, barangay Taytay, Jetafe town, Bohol.
The Facebook post solicited the opinion of the people regarding the matter and the voice of the people is one of opposition.
Commenters expressed their apprehensions about the building of the mosque at this crucial juncture.
While not all muslims are not violent and respect is given to their belief, putting up a mosque, some commenters say, may be a case of bad timing.
Netizen Van Rats said Europe used to be peaceful but is now in the midst of chaos as Muslims proliferate in the said continent.
Another commenter Edwin Garcia said, “80% of Muslims are trouble makers.”
Commenter Maria Cristina Auxtero said, ” A big NO to build their mosque here in Bohol and it is not safe anymore if they can build a mosque. They better go back to Mindanao where they belong!!!”
Based on the reactions, Boholanos seem to be affected by the actions of some Muslims, particularly those who intruded into the province last month and caused much anxiety to the community.
A similar reaction was shown by some Boholano commenters on social media when some Muslim missionaries came to Bohol via Jagna.
NO BUILDING PERMIT
Reaching out for more information, the Bohol Tribune was able to obtain some details from the Jetafe police station.
The town’s police station chief, Sr. Insp. Gereon Item, said the local police force was alerted by the Barangay Intelligence Network and other concerned individuals after a tarpaulin was installed at the site purportedly for the erection of a mosque.
Item told the Tribune that the local government unit of Jetafe has called the attention of the people trying to make a layout of the structure to desist from further activities until they secure the necessary permits before any building can proceed.
The police chief said the plan to build a structure is funded by Balik Islam folks based abroad.
As of the moment, Item said the project has been limited to the layout of the building.
While the barangay folks have not expressly come out to oppose the project for now, there are some folks who want to verify whether the structure has the backing of the local government.
Item said it will take time before the project will be given the green light as it will need the blessing of the barangay folks.
Tribune tried to reach out to Taytay barangay chief Norman Tampus and called his mobile phone.
The Bohol Tribune Research Staff even tried to send a text message to the barangay chief but to no avail.
However, Item intimated to the Tribune that the people of Jetafeare reportedly bullish on finding ways to block the plans of putting up an Islamic house of worship in a town more than a hundred kilometers away from the capital city of Tagbilaran. (Dave Albarado)