Manay Gina leads the House 14 in historic visit to China

May 12, 2012 at 6:25 pm Leave a comment

THE HOUSE 14 WITH MADAME CHEN ZHILI. Photo taken at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing last April 20, during the goodwill visit by the 14 delegates of the Association of Women Legislators Foundation, Inc. (AWLFI) of the Philippine House of Representatives. Photo shows left: Reps. Ana Cristina Go, Emmeline Aglipay, Abihgail Ferriol, Josefina Joson, Bai Sandra Sema, Mercedes Alvarez, Vice Minister Ai Ping, Rep. Gina de Venecia, Madame Chen Zhili, Reps. Janette Garin, Rachel Marguerite del Mar, Nancy Catamco, Linabelle Ruth Villarica, Bernadette Herrera-Dy,Daisy Fuentes, Cinchona Cruz-Gonzales and Deputy Director General Shen Beili

At a time of stalemate and tension at the Scarborough Shoal between China and the Philippines, Rep. Gina de Venecia of Pangasinan’s 4th District led an all-women delegation in a nine-day people-to-people visit to China.

Dubbed House 14 who went to China were: Senior Deputy Majority Leader Janette Garin, Former Deputy Speaker Daisy Avance-Fuentes, Rep. Josefina Joson, Rep. Bai Sandra Sema, Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy, Rep. Mercedes Alvarez, Rep. Rachel Marguerite Del Mar, Rep. Ana Cristina Go, Rep. Linabelle Ruth Villarica, Rep. Emmeline Aglipay, Rep. Nancy Catamco, Rep. Cinchona Cruz-Gonzales, Rep. Abigail Faye Ferriol and Rep. De Venecia.

“I commend my colleagues for taking part in this nine-day (April 19 to 28) mission,” said De Venecia. “It took a lot of courage to join this official visit amid the tension at the Scarborough Shoal. In the end, we decided it was prudent to honor our long-scheduled commitment to visit China upon the invitation of the Communist Party of China (CPP) to exchange ideas on various women initiatives, in the spirit of the joint declaration signed by President Benigno Aquino and China President Hu Jintao, September of 2011, declaring 2012 and 2013 as Years of Friendly Exchanges.

During the visit, there were some spirited discussions between the 14 Philippine congresswomen and the Chinese political and business leaders in the cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu & Dijuangyan of the Sichuan province, a sister province of Pangasinan, that touched on women issues and the promotion of the Sino-Philippine friendship.

The House 14 also took the China visit as an opportunity to contribute in the peace-keeping efforts and help perpetuate a harmonious Philippine-China relationship as unofficial envoys of peace. “As legislators, it is our patriotic duty to promote the interest of our country,” she reasoned.

In view of these developments and based on the House 14 discussions with the officials of the Communist Party of China, Rep. De Venecia said,” I am convinced that it is to our interest that we pursue the course espoused by former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s & President Nixon’s landmark opening to China some 40 years ago. Kissinger told the Chinese: “Hu Hu Jing, Hu Hui” (Mutual Respect, Mutual Benefit) in resolving conflicts.”

Her suggestion to adopt the principle of “Hu Hu Jing, Hu Hui” in governing the Philippine-China relations, merited an optimistic response from Madame Chen Zhili, vice Chairperson of the Standing Committee on China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) and President of All-China Women’s Federation (ACWF), who stated in reply to her speech at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing last April 20: “Hu Jing Hu Hui, Cong Tong Fa Zhan” (Mutual Respect, Mutual Benefit, Joint Development)

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