De Venecia joins LP


Representative Gina de Venecia of Pangasinan province, the wife of former Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. and a former ally of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, has led the new recruits of the ruling Liberal Party (LP), it was learned on Monday.

LP member and Rep. Romero Quimbo of Marikina noted that the oathtaking of De Venecia, alongside as Reps. Joseller Guiao of Pampanga, Aileen Radaza of Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu and Nicasio Aliping Jr. of Baguio City.

The four lawmakers took their oath before LP’s Acting President Joseph Abaya who also serves as the Secretary of Department of Transportation and Communcations, Belmonte and other LP stalwarts.

“This is part of the continuing process of strengthening the ruling

party,” Quimbo pointed out.

Mrs. de Venecia was a former member of the Nationalist People’s

Coalition—the ruling party in vote-rich Pangasinan.

Her husband, former Speaker de Venecia, has been an ally of former President Arroyo for at least a decade. Mr. de Venecia even teamed up with then Senator Arroyo during the 1998 Presidential elections.

De Venecia lost the Presidency badly to then Vice President Joseph Estrada but Arroyo resoundingly won the Vice President post against Estrada’s running mate, former Senator Edgardo Angara.

De Venecia and Arroyo, however, went separate ways during the 2007 NBN-ZTE broadband deal controversy because de Venecia’s son, Joey, alleged that the government’s $329 million NBN ZTE broadband deal with a Chinese firm is overpriced.

Then President Arroyo canceled the NBN-ZTE project.

The entry of Mrs. de Venecia and her three other colleagues hiked the number of LP members in the House to 117. LLANESCA T. PANTI



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  1. With addition of the four Representatives, the Liberal party is getting stronger in number, I expect that with the way things are going the party will even be stronger in the days to come. I miss the voice of UNA, what is going on with the party now? they were very active before and during the election, now they are very quiet. Is this an strategy perhaps for 2016, or a feeling of impending doom for their legislators allegedly involved in PDAF scam? the country needs you, everybody who has good intention to serve the country and the poor has nothing to be afraid of. In days to come the Filipinos will be united to select the best people to govern the country regardles of party affiliation. We all need to pray that what is happening in the country now will pass away, that one day these corrupt officials now will realize that love of the poor is more important than the million pesos gained by corruption. Instead aspire to love the poor, if only to get the blessing from above. .