Businesses warn: Don’t repeat history on Martial Law

BUSINESS LEADERS in Mindanao have urged the government to prevent abuse of power in implementing Martial Law in Mindanao.

“There should be restraints in the use of power for one reason or another. We do not want history to repeat itself,” said Stephen A. Antig, executive director of Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association, in a text message.

Though he said he supports the move, Antig said the move to place the entire Mindanao should not be abused by some sectors in the government. “If it will solve the worsening peace and order in Mindanao then I am for it,” he said.

President Rodrigo R. Duterte placed the island under Martial in 60 days beginning Tuesday night.

Vicente T. Lao, chair of Mindanao Business Council, said in a text message that President Duterte has to be “vigilant against opportunistic elements that will use the Martial Law as an excuse to further their bad intentions.”

The move, he said, will only cause a slight negative impact to the island’s economy as of preset.

“At the moment, the effect is minimal but I think this will hasten the solution of some of our security and peace and order problems,” Lao said.

The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Davao, meanwhile, welcomed the action of President Duterte. The association described the move as an extreme but constitutional remedy to prevent lawless violence in the island.

The ICT Davao also created multi-stakeholder quick response team to monitor the developments after the declaration of Martial Law as it is projected to pose impact to the information-business process management operations in the island.

The Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII) also expressed support on the recent declaration of Martial Law as they are one with the government in bringing order and maintaining stability in Mindanao.

“As this declaration may bring discomfort to some, the people and the business community of Davao, as well as the rest of Mindanao, will surely remain steadfast in pursuing our longtime dream to be a progressive and highly-sought after investors haven,” DCCCII said in a statement.

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