1998Chief Minister Stone with Speaker Hon. Jose de Venecia Jr. Minister Manzie and Mr Lyal MacIntosh (Secretary Department Asian Relations & Trade) looking on. Jose de Venecia was Speaker of the House of Representatives Philippines serving 1992-1998 and 2001-2008. As the Speaker fourth highest-ranking official of the Philippines. Former President of the Philippines dominant political party LAKAS-CMD; ran for President in 1999 loosing to Vice President Joseph Estrada.