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Biz groups buck plans to hear cases of Maute group in Cagayan De Oro

CAGAYAN DE ORO — Five huge business groups based in Cagayan de Oro City have issued a joint statement calling on the Supreme Court (SC) to reconsider its decision to hold the prosecution of Maute terror suspects here, a group of businessmen here said.
The statement, jointly issued Thursday, was released Friday signed by key representatives of Oro Chamber, Misamis Oriental Filipino, Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MOFCCCI), Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Industries and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) regional chapter.
The signatories were Oro Chamber president Robertino Pizarro, MOFCCCI president Adelfa Sia, Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry president Willy Limbonhai, Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Industries president Roberto Quicio and PCCI regional governor Efren Uy.
The business leaders claimed that the decision was the consensus among members of the various business organizations here.
"The body hereby condemns and opposes any plans to hear the cases of the Maute Terrorist Group in the City of Cagayan de Oro and in the Province of Misamis Oriental," the statement read.
It can be recalled that SC denied the petition of the Department of Justice (DOJ) asking the SC to hold the Maute terror hearings in Manila, prompting the agency to file a motion for reconsideration. SC has not acted on the matter yet.
At the Provincial Capitol, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Misamis Oriental also passed a similar resolution unanimously signed by eight members except for four legislators who were absent.
The SP members who urged the SC to detain, prosecute and try the Maute suspects outside Cagayan de Oro City and Misamis Oriental were Vice Governor Jose Mari Pelaez and SP members Jeremy Jonahmar Pelaez, Wayne Militante, Mario Charlie Emano, Frederick Khu, Gerardo Sabal III, Leonard Winstanley and Lilian Gallogo.
Pelaez said that "Cagayan de Oro City's (location as) the venue of cases (sic) disturbs the peace and endangers the safety and security of the residents of both the city and province and (sic) is easily accessible to the lawless armed groups and their supporters and the possibility of violence and terror is real, certain and immediate."
The business groups echoed similar concerns, stating that the business sector of Cagayan de Oro "is apprehensive on the planned trial as it will bring forth additional security concern, fear for our families and deters investors to come over."
The business leaders feared that the Maute trials here will cause more investors to back out of the province. (PNA)
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Last Modified: 2017-Aug-17 03.20.25 UTC+0800