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Ex-Speaker JDV chooses to be neutral in 2016 polls

Aug 13, 2015 @ 2:51

Former Speaker and Pangasinan 4th District representative Jose de Venecia, Jr. is not supporting any political parties or personalities in the 2016 national and local elections.

Retired from politics, the five-time Speaker of the House of Representatives said he will not be taking sides in the 2016 elections owing to his chairmanship of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP).

“I will be criticized if I will do,” De Venecia was quoted by the Philippine News Agency (PNA) as saying.

“My wife Gina can run as congresswoman of the fourth district of Pangasinan but for me, I should not considering my position in ICAP,” he pointed out.

Mrs. De Venecia is the incumbent representative of the province’s 4th congressional district.

De Venecia said there are four parties in the Philippines affiliated to ICAPP. These are the Liberal Party, Nacionalista Party, PDP Laban and the Nationalist People’s Coalition.

ICAPP is a forum of political parties of Asia-Oceania countries, which was launched in Manila in September 2000.

De Venecia served as House Speaker from 1992 to 1998 and from 2001 to 2008. He was elected to six terms as Pampanga 4th District representative.

He ran for president in 1998 but lost to then Vice President Joseph Estrada.

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