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Privilege Speech on the Resumption of Bilateral Talks With China

Privilege Speech on the Resumption of Bilateral Talks With China

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Privilege Speech on the Resumption of Bilateral Talks with China, the Need for a Settlement of the Disputed Territories and Restoration of
the ―Good Neighbor Policy‖ in the West Philippine Sea (South China
 Sea) and Other Issues, Trade, Tourism, Cultural Exchange, Security, Labor, Education and Cooperation on Climate Change by HON. GINA P. DE VENECIA President, Association of Women Legislators Foundation, Inc. House of Representatives and Leader of Congresswom
en‘s Delegation to China
 May 26, 2014
LIKE CHAIRMAN Mao Zedong of the People‘s Republic of China who had
acknowledged early on that ―Women hold up half the sky‖, the
 Philippine national hero Dr. Jose Rizal, over a century ago, had also recognized that women are co-builders of our nation and even stated in
his famous ―Letter To The Young Women of Malolos,‖ that ―because we
have you for our allies, we are confident of victory‖.
 50% OF SKY HELD BY WOMEN Yes, technically therefore, without women in our planet holding up 50% of the sky, the sky will come crashing down. It is in this spirit of egalitarianism in nation-building that the  Association of Women Legislators Foundation, our All-
Women‘s Caucus in
 the House, with the blessing of our House leadership, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte
 accepted the invitation of the International Department of the Communist Party of China for a ten-day people-to-people, inter-parliamentary, women-to-women inter-party visit to China. $60-BILLION TRADE AND 2-MILLION TOURIST TRAFFIC We believe that this friendly exchange between Congressional representatives and the ruling Communist Party of China will further
strengthen our country‘s commitment to the Joint Summit Declaration
 between our reformist President Benigno Aquino and then Chinese President Hu Jintao, that the West Philippine Sea is not the sum total
of Philippine-China relations, and that bilateral trade, as the Chinese envisioned, should significantly enlarge and reach $60 billion and two million two-way tourist traffic by 2016. HU JING HU HUI, CONG TONG FA ZHAN More importantly, this visit was a fitting follow-up and sequel to the highly successful people-to-people exchange between the Philippine congresswomen and the Communist Party of China, government officials and civil society leaders in Beijing in April of 2012, where we agreed
with then Vice Chairperson of the Standing Committee of China‘s
National People‘s Congress and President of the All
China Women‘s
 Federation, Chen Zhili, to promote
―Hu Jing Hu
Hui, Cong Tong Fa
Zhan‖ (Mutual Respect, Mutual Benefit, Joint Development) in the
 conduct of Sino-Philippine relations.  AT THIS POINT, allow me to introduce the 12- women delegation to China, from May 8 to May 18:
• Congresswoman Maria Lourdes Acosta
-Alba of the Liberal Party, representing the 1st District of Bukidnon;
• Congresswoman Belma A. Cabilao of
the Nationalista Party, from the 1st District of Zamboanga Sibugay;
• Congresswoman Mercedes C. Cagas
of Nationalista Party, representing the 1st District of Davao Del Sur;
• Congresswoman Julieta R. Cortuna of A Teacher Partylist;
• Myself, Congresswoman Gina P. De Venecia of the Liberal Party,
from the 4th District of Pangasinan;
• Congresswoman Gwendolyn F. Garcia of
the United Nationalist  Alliance,
from Cebu‘s 3rd District;
• Congresswoman Elisa ―Olga‖ T. Kho of Nationalista Party, from the
 2nd District of Masbate;
• Congresswoman Rosenda Ann Ocampo of the Liberal Party, representing
 the 6th District of Manila. Congresswoman Ocampo was also gracious enough to assume the leadership of the Delegation, when I cut my visit short and rushed back home, due to the critical condition of my mother, Azucena Vera Perez. Sadly, Mama died, two hours before my plane landed in Manila;
• Congre
sswoman Leah S. Paquiz, of ANG NARS Partylist;
• Congresswoman Marie Anne S. Pernes of the Lone District of 
 Siquijor from the Liberal Party;
• Congresswoman Josephine R. Sato of the Liberal Party, from the Lone
 District of Occidental Mindoro;
• and Co
ngresswoman Juliette T. Uy of the Second District of Misamis Oriental, from the National Unity Party. PRODUCTIVE, EYE-OPENER, TRAIL-BLAZER OUR DELICATE VISIT TO China, can be described as productive, an eye-opener and a trail-
blazer. Everywhere we‘ve been, we‘ve all made
 individual contacts
and formed friendships
that will long outlast the visit.
In the words of Congresswoman Ocampo, ‗We came here. You wowed us!‘
 for that was exactly the kind of extraordinary reception that we got.  And to put it more succinctly, Vice Minister Chen Fengxian of the International Department of the CPC said: "China and the Philippines are close neighbours, and we look at you as our family member." FIRST CHINATOWN IN 1594  After all, how can China forget that the Philippines was perhaps the first or among the first nations in the world that embraced the Chinese people, as evidenced by the establishment of the Parian and the very first Chinatown in Binondo, Manila in 1594, where the dynamic Filipino-Chinese society thrive to this day, not as strangers but as part of the Filipino family and as our very own. That sentimental bond perhaps explained, why, in spite of the sometime hurtful and inflammatory words both our Philippine Government and Chinese Government spokesmen have uttered and exchanged, China was among the first responders to save and help the victims of super
typhoon ―Yolanda‖ in central Philippines
----- something no Filipino could ever forget, because during one of our darkest hours in the strongest typhoon with ocean surge recorded in history, China immediately dispatched the state-of-the art Chinese floating hospital,
the ―Peace Ark‖ and the A
-320 aircraft, with 50 doctors for humanitarian assistance. Thank you China!

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