Loida Nicolas Lewis reacts to alleged Duterte oust plot

by Don Tagala, ABS-CBN News


NEW YORK, NY — Community leader and philanthropist Loida Nicolas Lewis once again denied that there is a plot to oust Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

In a statement on Monday, Nicolas-Lewis said: “No plot to oust Duterte. The Duterte resign movement is based on Duterte’s own words that he would resign if drugs are still rampant six months after his inauguration.”

Last December, Nicolas Lewis responded to what she says are “ridiculous accusations or conspiracies.”

“No President Duterte, I have never plotted against you, in terms of coup d’etat, or in terms of anybody, because I believe in the democratic process,” she said before. “I am doing it the legal way. If you resign, vice president leni robredo will be president so that’s the legal way.”

The latest statement came after the Fil-Am businesswoman was accused of allegedly being part of a so called “LeniLeaks” controversy.

The correspondence came from a restricted Yahoo group called Global Filipino Diaspora Council, where membership requires approval.

But the messages and topics are publicly available and not moderated. All members can post messages.

Nicolas lewis says – the Yahoo group has been fighting for overseas Filipinos’ rights and sovereignty in the west Philippine Sea, since its founding in 2011

A blog called “Thinking Pinoy” describes the Yahoo group as a “well-organized, well-funded, highly influential propaganda machinery.”

And VP Leni Robredo’s social media pulls the strings, allegedly instructing her supporters how they should act on social media.

Nicolas Lewis said, “if there is conspiracy, would it be discussed in a public page?”

Robredo is not a member of the Yahoo group, and there is no evidence to support that this group is linked to Robredo, except for mentions of the VP’s name and social media postings in the discussions.

Robredo has also denied any plots to oust Duterte as well.

Nicolas Lewis also denied rumors that she had met with Robredo during the VP’s recent US visit.

She also said, “In a democracy, opinions of varying shades, either praise or criticism, are a staple ingredient of a vibrant democracy.”

She asks, “Since when has criticism become an element of sedition?”


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  • Santiago Del Mundo
    13 January 2017 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    Where can you find a Filipino politicians who are going to tell you in your face that they are plotting against you? One thing for sure is this…it is common that most U.P. alumnus like Robredo and Lewis, who share the same radical values, would join together and plot for their own special interests…this is an undisputed fact regarding U.P. alumnus…