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PCCI veep for Mindanao, seven regional governors resign en masse

by Prix D Banzon

Davao City (20 October) -- The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry area vice president for Mindanao and seven Mindanao regional governors resigned en masse on Thursday (October 19) after the PCCI go on with its move to reconfigure the composition of the Mindanao region f rom eight to five and continue with the holding of elections of the five governors under the new configuration without due and proper consultation.

In a press conference, PCCI vice president for Mindanao Romeo J Serra said their decision was in support to the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. stand of disaffiliating with the PCCI.

DCCCII president lawyer Bienvenido Cariaga announced in a separate press conference yesterday that after thorough deliberation with matter highest principle they came up with the move of disaffiliating from the PCCI.

Cariaga said the decision came when their plea to the national chamber body to set aside or suspend implementation of the national board reconfiguration and regional governors election felt on deaf ear.

He said together with three other DCCCII officers Angie Angliongto, lifetime chair, Ric Diola, corporate secretary, and board of director Vic Lao they made representation to PCCCI to reconsider their position, but was not considered.

He said they were not given clear reason of the PCCI's move even as he said that they cannot guess whatever motive they have.

"Even with the repeated plea they were told that the board has decided and that is final," he said.

Serra based on MBC's statement said that PCCI does not represent the interest of the Philippine Business Community, they only represent the interest of imperial Manila.

"It is time for the Mindanao Business Community to charter its own course. We enjoin the rest of the Chambers and Business Groups to join hands for Mindanao," he said.

The seven governors who resigned were from Northern Mindanao - Arsenio Sebastian, Western Mindanao-Sulu Archipelago - Dr. Jainal Hamad, Northwestern Mindanao - Engr. Bienvenido Badelles, CARAGA - Hospicio Suralla, Jr., Southeastern Mindanao - Atty. Leo Victor Sibala, Southern Mindanao - Benjamin Garcia, Western Mindanao - Zamboanga Peninsula - Teresita Uy-Sebastian.

Serra said Mindanao has about 17 chambers and slowly there would be snowballing effect after DCCCII and the Mati Chamber of Commerce and Industry declared disaffiliation with PCCI.

He said Mindanao can move on its own and it is about time that the Mindanao community takes care of itself.

"PCCI has been benefiting from all our efforts and they were given all the glory," he said.

He also said that as far as working with foreign donors are concerned they do not see any backlash because the partnership with them had been going on long before.

Serra said they had been receiving feedback from other chamber members that they will be with them (MinBC) for as long as they are all for Mindanao.

He said come December a Mindanao wide assembly among chambers of the island will be their first big event. (PIA XI) [top]

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