By Jelly F. Musico

Officials of Cavite province are set for the celebration of the 118th anniversary of Philippine Independence on June 12, 2016 as shown by dozens of Philippine and Katipunan flags adorning the middle island of Aguinaldo Highway in Dasmarinas City. It was in Kawit, Cavite that the country's independence from Spain was declared by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo on June 12, 1898. (PNA photos by Gil S. Calinga)

Officials of Cavite province are set for the celebration of the 118th anniversary of Philippine Independence on June 12, 2016 as shown by dozens of Philippine and Katipunan flags adorning the middle island of Aguinaldo Highway in Dasmarinas City. It was in Kawit, Cavite that the country’s independence from Spain was declared by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo on June 12, 1898. (PNA photos by Gil S. Calinga)

MANILA  (PNA) – The Federation of the Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCII) supports the emergency powers being asked by incoming President Rodrigo Duterte.

The influential business group, however, said in its letters to incoming House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez that the emergency powers should cover not only traffic problem but the crime, corruption and illegal drugs.

“By granting our president-elect emergency powers, he would be able to address the above issues, instill discipline among our people, and set the policies needed to protect and promote the interest of our citizens,” said Angel Ngu, FFCCII president, in a letter dated May 27, 2016 to Alvarez.

Duterte won by a landslide during the May 9 presidential election on a platform anchored on taking a tough stand against criminality, especially the menace of illegal drugs, as well as in combating graft and corruption in government. He is set to assume presidency on June 30.

Ngu said the Fil-Chinese community was specifically calling on Duterte to address the problem of kidnapping where most of the victims were of Chinese descent.

The group also wants a tougher stand against murder and “street crimes” such as holdup and ‘riding-in-tandem’ and car theft.

The FFCCI also supports Duterte’s campaign against drug syndicates, noting the proliferation of illegal drugs all over the country “corrupts our youth.”

Likewise, the group also wants Duterte to make good of his promise to rid the government of graft and corruption.

Ngu said the lack of implementation of traffic rules, the proliferation of sidewalk vendors and illegal street parking are contributors to traffic woes in Metro Manila. (PNA)