'Manay Gina' to run for Congress

by CARMELA FONBUENA, abs-cbnNEWS.com/Newsbreak

Posted at Apr 17 2009 11:58 PM | Updated as of Apr 18 2009 07:58 AM

Gina de Venecia, the wife of admistration ally-turned-critic former House Speaker Jose De Venecia, said she'll be running for Congress in the 2010 elections.

However, she has not yet decided whether she will seek a seat in the Senate or in the House of Representatives.
 
"I will run either for Congress [House] or the Senate. I'm still studying my options where I can serve more. I will come in as a mother who wants to take care of her children," she told reporters Friday.
 
"If I run for the Senate and I win, I can push my advocacy for children, women, elderly, and the bereaved mothers. For Congress, my husband is already on his third term, and the people there [in his district], all the mayors and barangay leaders, are requesting me to continue the work of my husband," she added.
 
She said she will make a final decision on which house of Congress she will vie a seat for in June. The deadline for the submission of certificates of candidacy is in November 2009.
 
De Venecia was present during the Thursday founding assembly of a new political coalition consisting of leftist party-list groups led by Bayan Muna, Gabriela, and Anakpawis.

The new group, Makabayang Koalisyon ng Mamamayan or MAKABAYAN, has a core group of around three million.

At the assembly, De Venecia distributed fans showing her and members of her family. It also included her position on issues on children, women, and the elderly.
 
The group also announced the senatorial bid of Bayan Muna representatives Satur Ocampo and Teodoro Casiño, Gabriela Rep. Liza Maza, and Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano.

The party-list representatives said MAKABAYAN will join one of the opposition presidential candidates and will endorse local candidates.
 
Asked how her husband's falling out with President Arroyo will affect her political ambition, de Venecia said, "I decided to move on. This is 2009 and we all learned a lesson after that episode in our life. Let history and the Filipino people judge the Arroyo family."