Business leaders are supportive of President Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs and have lauded his political will, according to the chairman emeritus of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI).
PCCI Chairman Emeritus Francis Chua said heads of various chambers of commerce approve of Mr. Duterte’s leadership, particularly his will to curb the country’s drug problem.
“You will be surprised that a lot of [business leaders] are saying this is the kind of the President that the Asean needs,” Chua told reporters on the sidelines of the opening of the 13th China-Asean Expo (Caexpo) and the 13th China-Asean Business and Investment Summit (Cabis) held here on Sunday.
“In some countries in Asia, their leaders are not strong enough. We really pray hard for the success of President Duterte. If he succeeds, then that’s a story that everybody could follow and emulate,” he added.
Chua, who is also the president of the newly formed Philippine-Silk Road International Chamber, said business leaders are not worried about the alleged human-rights violations committed by some officials in their bid to curb the drug menace.
“There are people who are proud of the President and some are against him, but I’m surprised that all those Asean and even Chinese leaders were saying ‘Guys you are so lucky you have that kind of president,’” he said. [source]
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