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De Venecia asks foe to raise level of campaign

By Danny O Sagun

Dagupan City (25 March) -- "Tigilan na ang politics of hate."

Former Congressional Spouses Foundation president Gina de Venecia made this call a day before the start of the electoral campaign in reaction to the mudslinging stance of some candidates just to win votes for them.

"Huwag na lang sa negative politics, itaas na lang yong level ng campaign," she told the KBP Forum Thursday at the Philippine Information Agency. "Ibigay na lang sa mga tao ang plataporma nila, huwag nang manira at hindi maganda yan," she added, noting the tirades against her and her husband, fourth district Congressman Jose de Venecia, Jr. even days before the start of the actual local campaign.

De Venecia is seeking the congressional seat of her husband who is now on his third and last term. She is up against businesswoman Celia Lim, wife of former Dagupan City Mayor Benjamin S. Lim, who himself is running for mayor against incumbent Mayor Alipio F. Fernandez, Jr.

Keeping true to her wish, she said that she had already patched things up with President Macapagal-Arroyo. "Mas maganda na yong wala nang sama ng loob. Magkakasakit ka pa nyan," she stressed. She said that her husband and the President though have yet to talk things out. "Di pa sila nag-usap. Nagkita lang sila doon sa Manila Bulletin at nag-shake hands," she clarified.

The First Family and the De Venecias had a falling out when the fourth district congressman was ousted as House speaker as a result of the expose of his son, Joey, on the controversial and later aborted ZTE deal.

"May kanya-kanya kaming pananaw pero iisa ang aming hangarin ? for good governance and against corruption," she said, adding that Joey is a "master of his own destiny."

She said that she will continue the programs and projects of her husband if given a chance to serve. "It?s very difficult to duplicate the accomplishments of JDV, super smart sya maraming alam," she observed. But having him as mentor, she said she believed she will make good as legislator.

On whom to support in the presidential derby, she said she has yet to come up with a decision. "Pinag-aaralan pa. Kung sino at ano ang gusto ng mga tao at kung sinong makakatulong sa fourth district," she said, admitting that it was very difficult to make a choice since three of the presidential bets are close to her family.

She said that Senator Manuel Villar and former President Joseph Estrada are like brothers to her while the late President Corazon C. Aquino was very close to her and was her source of strength when her daughter KC died. (PIA Pangasinan) [top]

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