THE private sector expressed confidence that Davao City is still a safe place for businessmen on the heels of high-profile killings of Richard King on June 12 and of Ramon Teodoro Garcia on June 6.

Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industries Inc., (DCCCII) president Antonio Dela Cruz said Wednesday the city's business community is not threatened of the killings and that he entrusts the safety of businessmen and investors to authorities.

"We trust the mayor (Rodrigo Duterte) who is now on top. Aware ta nga adunay panghitabo nga ingon ani (We are aware that all these will happen). We have a very strong local government unit," he said.

He also urged the business establishments in the city to adhere to the Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) Ordinance because this will help big in the investigation process of the authorities to solve crimes.

The ordinance requires business owners to install CCTV cameras in their establishments.

However, some provisions of the measure are now being put to question, especially on privacy issues.

"As a lawyer, I would say that it will not pass the test of privacy," Duterte said in a report earlier.

Amendments are now being pushed at the City Council, easing off some provisions that require putting up of CCTVs even in working areas or areas that are considered private.

City Councilor Tomas Monteverde said the CCTV will cover only common place areas or areas that the general public has access to, which include lobbies, parking spaces, entrances and exit gates, pools, corridors and the like.

Dela Cruz added he is keeping his hope high that that the man behind the killing of King will be unmasked.

King was chairman and chief executive officer of J.King & Sons Inc., developer of Crown Regency, Club Ultima and City Suites Ramos Tower. (ALC)