• Business groups express support for new govt

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    In a turnaround from pre-election criticism of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, business groups have expressed their “cooperation and support” for the new administration, vowing to work together with the government in order to sustain the positive economic trajectory of the country.

    “We congratulate the newly-elected leaders. We assure them of the cooperation and support of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) in providing a stable and enabling environment for further growth of the economy. In full partnership with all sectors of our nation, we join in the effort to create more businesses, more employments to benefit more people,” George Barcelon, PCCI president, said in a statement.

    “The voting on May 9 resulted in an orderly, peaceful and credible election. It set a high standard of quality for free and fair elections in the future. With the tabulation and transmission of a big portion of votes from all over the country overnight, the automated process has strengthened public confidence in our democratic process,” he added.

    A day after the elections, the Makati Business Club (MBC) also issued a statement, saying that the “process of healing must begin” among Filipinos that may have crossed the line in defending their bets, and that the people should “come together to support our new leaders.”

    “Let us focus on those aspirations that unite us, rather than on the issues that divide us. After all, despite our divisions, we all aspire for the common goal of authentic freedom and inclusive development,” the MBC said.

    “The Philippines remains in a special spot with numerous positive forces converging in our favor. Propelling the country to greater heights requires the cooperation of all sectors of society. On the part of the business community, we welcome the clear mandate given our new leaders by our people and the credibility of the elections, and we stand ready to be an active and participative partner of government in ensuring sustainable and inclusive growth that benefits not just a select few but all Filipinos,” the business group said.

    “It is our hope that the 2016 elections bring forth a country grounded on the principles of protecting and strengthening our democratic institutions, and on decency, integrity, justice, empathy, competence, peace and order especially in Mindanao, and respect for the rule of law,” it added.

    Prior to the elections, both the MBC and PCCI’s Barcelon had expressed doubts about Duterte, citing the lack of details in his economic plan and concerns about his unconventional personality.

    The Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI) also said that it would “support the new leaders of the country” in carrying out their mandate to serve the best interests of the people, as well as the business community.

    “FPI sincerely congratulates the newly elected President Rodrigo Roa Duterte as well as the other elected officials who are all enjoined to steward the country in a manner that is for the best interest of the people and the country,” the FPI said in a separate statement.

    “For its part, the [FPI] has assured its full support to the new leaders which it has consistently and usually done in the past irrespective of personalities, not only because it is apolitical, but, because it is the right thing to do for our nation,” it added.

    All the three business groups in the country commended the Commission on Elections and the teacher volunteer safeguarding the ballots for the effective delivery of the whole election process, seen as “highly credible, clean and honest.”

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