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GenSan traders hit US-funded ‘peace’ ad

Posted by Michille on April 27th, 2006

GenSan traders hit US-funded ‘peace’ ad – MindaNews!

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — Businessmen here lambasted a peace advertisement supposedly funded by the United States government that featured a bombing incident in this city.

Traders here said the advertising campaign put the city in bad light and thus scare investors.

“The peace advertisement will not do good to the city. We have called for its pullout,” said Tony Veneracion, president of the city chamber of commerce. He said it was improper for the producers to single out the bombing incident in this city.

“We can call for peace without citing a particular place or people that will be put in a bad light,” he added.

Veneracion said they were bombarded with queries from other businessmen when the advertisement was aired in a local television last week. “Our friends misinterpreted the advertisement and thought there was bombing again in the city,” he added.

He said there were talks that businessmen from outside the city have now become hesitant to invest here as a result of the peace advertisement.

Veneracion said they have brought the advertisement to the attention of the city government and to help determine its producer and for it to be stopped. 

But John Paul Jubelag, managing editor of the local weekly newspaper Mindanao Bulletin said that the “Call for Peace” advertisement was funded by the US government. He admitted that he is also running the print version of the advertisement in his paper.


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One Response to “GenSan traders hit US-funded ‘peace’ ad”

  1. Mike Cohen Says:

    I can understand why some may feel offended at the use of a scene of violence to show peace. But I hope other ads perhaps more “peace oriented” will replace the one pulled.
    I have been to Gensan and like the place; God Bless and Peace be with you.
    Mike Cohen

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