De Venecia couple visits Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS – (Exclusive to BALITA MEDIA, INC.) Former five-time Philippine Speaker of the House Jose de Venecia addressed the African Union diplomats at the United Nations last week as he proposed partnership between the political parties of Asia, Latin America, and Africa, having earlier achieved the alliance of Asian and Latin American parties to help achieve political and economic integration in the Continents.

En route to the United Nations in New York, de Venecia watched the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and urged the building of a national statue to honor the Filipino icon in the Philippines and in the U.S., even while he is alive, since sports heroes in America are given this distinction even in their lifetime.

FORMER Philippine House Speaker Jose de Venecia, and wife, Philippine Congresswoman Gina Perez-de Venecia, visit with Las Vegas City Mayoral candidate Chris Giunchigliani over the weekend to share their thoughts and experiences about inter-acting with Asian Pacific Americans – a topic that resonates well with the candidate who was endorsed by a number of local Asian-American associations in Las Vegas. PHOTO: ANGELA LOK

JDV is the founding Chairman of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP), representing more than 300 ruling and opposition political parties throughout Asia. In the last two weeks during his multi-Asian nation visits, he spoke of emerging and developing Asian political climates in Hanoi, North Vietnam, Beijing, Kazakhstan, and Malaysia.

JDV and wife , Rep. Gina Perez de Venecia, newly-elected President of the 64-strong Philippine House women legislators, also met with Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani, and hailed her support for the Asian American minorities, especially the Filipino community in Las Vegas.

Rep. Gina de Venecia, on her first term after being elected to occupy her husband’s former House seat in the 4th District of Pangasinan, and Chris Giunchigliani found  common bonds. Both are active in community work for senior citizens, abused women, drug-dependent street children, and job-creating education opportunities for women.

At their meeting, the Philippine Congress woman invited Clark County Commissioner Giunchigliani, currently a Las Vegas city mayoral candidate, to visit the Philippines and address the Filipino women legislators, and to open avenues to develop synergies and partnerships in dealing with the disadvantaged communities of Philippine and American societies.

At the United Nations, Mrs. Genie Kagawa, senior leader of the Universal Peace Federation, introduced the former Philippine House Speaker as a “Global Filipino” who authored the historic “Dual Citizenship Law,” and championed income tax exemption for Filipinos in America and overseas, who already pay taxes in their places of work.

While serving as Speaker of the House, JDV also authored the  Absentee Voting for overseas Filipinos, and takes credit for the unprecedented “Dollar Remittance Program” which now brings to the Philippines $18-billion a year, thus saving the Philippine economy every year despite multiple crises.  (Margie Gonzales/Cindy de los Santos – Las Vegas)

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