Reconciliation still elusive for feuding business groups
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 October) – An almost three-hour dialogue Wednesday
night between officials of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry
(DCCCII) and a five-man delegation from the Philippine Chamber of Commerce
and Industry in Manila failed to result in a “happy compromise” espoused by
Mayor Rodrigo Duterte who has warned against the possible repercussions of
disunited business sector.
“In the light of the political and security crises in our country today, it
would be very tragic if the business community would also show disunity and
instability,” Duterte, a key ally of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, said
in an earlier statement.
Lawyer Bienvenido Cariaga, DCCCII president, told reporters later they have
agreed to discuss the issue in another board meeting of the chamber next
DCCCII bolted PCCI on October 19 in protest over the latter’s alleged
unilateral decision to reduce the number of Mindanao’s regional chambers, a
move that also prompted the PCCI Vice President for Mindanao and all PCCI
governors in Mindanao to resign en masse. Read full story here.