Young De Venecia cites Celso’s strong leadership PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 11 February 2012 14:55

Jose “Joey” P. de Venecia III, eldest son of former five-term House Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr.,  yesterday could not help but admired the way Mayor Celso Lobregat is managing the city, saying Zamboanga has always been progressive under his strong leadership.

“Your strategic location invites a lot of challenges and you need a strong leader, a strong mayor or CEO to be able to manage a city like this,” the young de Venecia told reporters shortly after he called on Mayor Lobregat in City Hall yesterday morning.

“I’ve seen the progress of Zamboanga, its economy and progress in the tourism side. It’s also a challenge to manage (people of) different cultures, being in front of other islands. Mayor Lobregat is doing a great job. I hope things would continue the way they are and whatever happens in the future his programs will continue,” he said.

Asked what issues he discussed with the mayor, de Venecia had this to say: “Every time I come to Zamboanga I always visit Mayor Lobregat and I thanked him personally for his support. He is a close family friend and the Lobregats are always supportive of our family, especially during tough times.”

He also said that during his conversation with the mayor he called up Vice President Binay and handed over the phone to Lobregat. “Both VP Binay and Mayor Lobregat had a talk over the phone,” de Venecia said but he did not elaborate.

De Venecia is the secretary-general of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino Lakas-Bayan or PDP-Laban Party with VP Binay as party president.

He arrived here yesterday to preside over the basic membership seminar for PDP-Laban. It is being conducted nationwide to orient old and new members of the party about the new PDP-Laban, which, according to him, is no longer the same as before.

“We are doing thing to bring our party to the grassroots,” said de Venecia, who just came from the earthquake-stricken Negros Oriental before flying to Occidental Mindoro then Zamboanga City. — Vic Larato