Ex-Speaker De Venecia backs Braganza

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DAGUPAN CITY—Despite throwing his support behind Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino Jr. in the 2007 and 2010 elections, former Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr., this time, has declared his support for the gubernatorial bid of Espino’s rival, Liberal Party (LP) candidate Hernani Braganza.

“Governor Espino is a dear friend. But he has done nothing to bring projects to the villages,” said De Venecia in a statement released by the LP in Pangasinan on Thursday.

He said Espino had promised to bring projects to the barangays, but these were not fulfilled.

“What more can he promise now?” said De Venecia.

In Pampanga, the board of the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham) has endorsed to its 417 member-companies at least eight senatorial candidates.

They are reelectionist Senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Francis Escudero and Loren Legarda; former Senators Richard Gordon and Juan Miguel Zubiri; Bam Aquino; Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara; and former Las Piñas Rep. Cynthia Villar. Yolanda Sotelo, Inquirer Northern Luzon, and Tonette Orejas, Inquirer Central Luzon

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