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Kidnap rumors could affect Davao economy, says DCCCII

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (25 February) -- The Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc President Engr. Robert Quinto asked the public yesterday to stop spreading rumors about the alleged abduction of a shipping executive in Davao City weeks ago.

Quinto was referring to the alleged abduction of a manager of the Solid Shipping Lines in Davao City who allegedly paid a P20 million ransom to his kidnappers and later left for Canada with his family.

"I am not saying that all these did not happen but what I am appealing to the public is to stop spreading this news. This will just put our city in trouble, business will go down, along with tourism and our economy," he said in a press conference.

The business group leader wanted to put this issue into rest as this will not do any good to the community.

"Instead of spreading rumors, we will just allow the proper authorities to handle this matter" he added.

Quinto also clarified the issue implicating the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) as not responsive to the problem. Reports claimed that DCPO did not attend in the coordination meeting set by the DCCCII, and that the Task Force Davao was the only unit that responded.

According to the official, DCPO did something about the case and that it actually conducted immediate investigation on the matter.

"DCPO elements investigated but they got nothing from that. There's no news, no complaint, no report, and no first hand-information coming from the alleged victim or family members," he said.

The official also asked the media not to sensationalize the issue as this could only bring more harm to the city rather than advantages. (PIA XI) [top]

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