Pinoy supporters and protestors on Trump-Russian controversy

by Don Tagala, ABS-CBN News


JERSEY CITY, NJ — “Hillary Clinton is the prime suspect in a massive far-reaching criminal investigation. Her current scandals and controversials will continue throughout her presidency, and will make it virtually impossible for her to govern or lead our country.”

That was then Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump, making the case that Hillary Clinton cannot be an effective president for the US, because she was in an alleged “massive far-reaching FBI investigation.”

However, Clinton was not.

The FBI said that it was simply reviewing some emails found on her staffers’ laptop.

Fast forward to Monday, and the public now knows that Trump and his campaign team who are under FBI investigation for ties to Russia that may have influenced the 2016 presidential election.

“I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election,” said FBI director James Comey.

“And that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.”

Some Filipinos in New Jersey say that Comey’s revelation is serious, and warrants a full investigation and quickly resolve the alleged Trump-Russia ties.

“I’m glad he is being investigated,” said Manny Herrera, from Malboro, NJ. “I hope it would lead to something more, you know, I don’t know if you call it impeachment… whatever, but I don’t like him, I don’t trust him, I don’t like his values.”

Two months into his presidency, Trump’s job approval rating dropped to 37 percent, according to a recent Gallup poll.

He’s getting mixed grades from these Fil-Am voters.

“I would say a D [grade],” said Herrera. “My problem with him besides the policy, maybe some of his policies I agree, but it’s more of his values, because of that he makes things up — it does waste a lot of government time.”

“I think it’s too soon to judge,” said Kearney resident Ryan Galvez. “He has a lot of plans set in place, and nothing’s been executed yet, it’s too soon to judge. I will give it a year.”

Monday’s congressional hearing also shed some light on President Trump’s accusation, via his tweet that former President Barack Obama “wire-tapped” his Trump tower during the elections.

Chairman of the House intelligence committee, GOP Rep Devin Nunes, says they have seen no evidence to support the President’s allegations.

“Kung ano ang pinangako niya tuparin niya, at kung wala siyang pruweba huwag magbintang, kahit na hindi ka president, lalo na kapag presidente ka,” said Connie Bungay, from New York.

Despite Trump’s unsubstantiated claims and statements, these Trump supporters say they’re still willing to give the president a chance to prove himself.

“That is very destructive, negative, na support sa isang bagong presidente na looking forward na yung kanyang promise to change this country to a better one,” said Belen Samin, a Trump supporter from North Bergen. “Pero kapag ganyan naman na mga kontrabida lahat ng surrounding him, it is not good for all of us.”

“Give him a chance,” says Trump supporter Cindy Johnson. “If after four years and he did not do what he promised, we can get rid of him… but give him a chance for four years, the changes that he can do to America.”

Others say they hope the President will take more care when making bold accusations while in office — backing up any claims, with unimpeachable evidence for the American people to see.


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  • Mario
    24 March 2017 at 3:27 am - Reply

    Stop crying, kawawa naman kayo (I pity all of you) Hillary Clinton will never be your President.. she was defeated because she is corrupt and a liar and she blame the Russian for her defeat, she should blame herself, she did not follow Bill Clinton suggestions to campaign in the Rural areas….Trump is only 2 months old in office, with few Cabinet members and look at his accomplishment….On his 1st month in office Trump reduce National debt by $12 B, while Obama increase debt by $212 Billion. On his 2nd month Trump reduce National debt by $100 Billion, while Obama increased debt by $400 Billion.To monitor the national debt go to Google type;

  • h
    25 March 2017 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    Hey Don Tagala, you and all of the Filipinos that said bad things about our president Trump better watch-out, because if you have a Tv at home, the FBI isn’t saying anything about president Trump and Russia. So please shut you big mouth, before the FBI will pick-up you, because you telling lies. Or all us president Trump voters will get mad at all Filipinos from the Philippines and tell you all go back to the Philippines because we don’t want you here in America saying bad things about our president Trump, so please shut you big mouth.