Biz chamber condemns blasts-A A +A
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
DAVAO City's business community on Tuesday condemned the bombing incidents that hit two premier shopping malls in the city Monday night, saying these will adversely affect their campaign to promote the city as a peaceful place and an investment destination.
Two improvised bombs exploded 22 minutes apart Monday night inside Cinema 1 of SM City Davao in Ecoland at around 9:03 p.m., and Cinema 5 of Gaisano Mall of Davao in J.P. Laurel Ave., Bajada at around 9:25 p.m.
"The Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII), is appalled and condemns the bombing as they are causing fear,, damage to property and life to the people who are at peace," DCCCII president Daniel T. Lim told reporters in an interview.
He said their efforts, together with other organizations and agencies, in promoting and campaigning for Mindanao as a peaceful and secure destination will surely be adversely affected due to the twin explosions.
"This will create more fear. Fear will build up and it will cost the businesses especially from the tourism sector then to the businesses themselves like the malls wherein people will shy away from them," he said.
But he was quick to add that there will be no long-term impact on the business sector due to the latest incident alone and that this will not affect future investors.
Lim urged the business sector to raise their voice against lawless elements and to let them know that they are not welcome in the city.
Despite the recent incident, Lim called on Dabawenyos to "go on with your lives and to continue to enjoy life with your family and friends, even as he appealed to the public to be more vigilant. He encouraged the public to report suspicious activities or people in public.
"There is a possibility that these lawless elements are just testing the waters and may be planning something bigger, but we do not know. So it will not hurt if we are more careful and vigilant to our surroundings," he said.
On the other hand, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte during the command conference held at Grand Men Seng Hotel warned big shopping malls in the city to beef up their security or he will be forced to close down their movie house. He also warned future establishments to provide their own security.
"Wag ka mag lagay ng establishment if you could not provide security," he said.
Lim backed the mayor's statement saying that this incident will remind the security guards that their job should be taken seriously in order to prevent incidents like these.
As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, Gaisano Mall has yet to release a statement regarding the incident and both cinemas 5 and 6 are closed as of Tuesday morning. No advisory has been released as to when the cinemas will remain closed.
Meanwhile, SM City Davao released a statement on Tuesday that they are working closely with the authorities.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 18, 2013.