Japanese may abandon plan to visit city, envoy tells Sara

THE CONSULATE of Japan has expressed concern that the imposition of Martial Law may prompt Japanese investors and tourists to avoid visiting Mindanao, including the city.

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said yesterday Japanese Consul Tomoko Dodo informed her of the Japanese official’s concern after the mayor’s father, President Rodrigo Duterte, declared Martial Law in Mindanao following the attack of the Maute group on Marawi City.

Dodo, as quoted by the mayor, said she was expecting some of the investors planning to visit the city may not push through with their plan.

“Duna nay pag duha-duha ang mga Japanese investors nga nagsulti sa iyaha (Consul Dodo) nga interested sila sa Davao City,” said the mayor, adding that she advised the Japanese official not to immediately entertain doubts as the declaration was only made recently.

She added the public should not expect things to just become normal given that Mindanao is under threat. “Dili dayon nato ma- expects na okay dayon,” she said.

Last week, Dodo said during a forum that she was still gathering pieces of information especially because some Japanese investors earlier expressed interest in looking at the investment potentials of the city.

“My mandate is to gather as accurate information as possible about the situation in Davao. So that I can send the correct message via our embassy what is happening here,” she said.

Benito de Leon, head of the Public Safety and Security Command Center, also revealed during the forum that there were cancelled hotel bookings and activities as a result of the martial Law declaration.

Business establishments like the SMX Convention Center and several hotels immediately reported the booking cancellations in their establishments following the declaration of the military rule.

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