SAYING it could affect business, the new president of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) expressed concern on the recent spate of killings in Cebu.

“We are very much concerned, as you are. I mean, this issue affects all of us,” said CCCI President Antonio Chiu.

Chiu, who assumed the CCCI leadership this month, said that even though the business climate in Cebu continues to show no decline, he is worried that the series of killings could change that.

Chiu said his worry stems from the fact that the killings have reached a point where it is not just drug personalities who are being targeted.

“What is worrying is that it has veered away from the illegal drugs issue,” he said.

Last month, 19 people were killed from Feb. 16 to 26, based on recent statistics provided by police.

Of the 19, 12 were killed by unidentified assailants, including lawyer and Ronda Vice Mayor Jonnah John Ungab.

At least 10 people, including a town councilor in San Fernando, have been murdered by unidentified motorcycle-riding men around Metro Cebu within the last 11 days.

Last night, former Talisay City councilor Emil Go was shot dead outside his house in Barangay Bulacao.

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Chiu, however, said that he still trusts the local government units and law enforcement agencies to do their jobs in maintaining peace in Cebu.

He said he had a talk recently with Gov. Hilario Davide III, who assured him that peace and security remain a priority.

As of now, Chiu said that the business climate in Cebu remains upbeat, with investors still interested in doing business here. It is still expected to improve, Chiu said, with the opening of the new Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Terminal 2 in July.

Special prayer

Meanwhile, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma expressed worrry that society is beginning to lose its respect for human life, given the increasing number of people being killed.

Palma said he is contemplating on coming up with an Oratio Imperata or special prayer against the spate of killings in Cebu.

He plans to raise the matter before the Cebu Archdiocese’s Board of Consultors. (JKV)