Loida Nicolas Lewis denies oust plot vs. Duterte
MANILA, Jan 9 (Mabuhay) — The Filipino-American philanthropist tagged in an alleged plot to oust President Rodrigo Duterte denied that there is a conspiracy to unseat him.
Loida Nicolas-Lewis, a known supporter of Vice President Leni Robredo and her running-mate Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas, issued a statement Monday in light of the so-called “Lenileaks.”
These were supposedly “leaked emails” from a Yahoo! group that called themselves Global Filipino Diaspora Council.
The emails were reportedly seen in a YahooGroups page, Global Filipino Diaspora Council.
In her statement, Nicolas-Lewis said: “First: No plot to oust Duterte. Resign Duterte Movement is based on President Duterte’s own words that he would resign if drugs are still rampant six month(s) after his inauguration.”
“Second, Global Filipino Diaspora Council is a Public Site. If there is a conspiracy, would it be discussed in a public page?” she added.
Nicolas-Lewis then said, “Dissent is NOT equivalent to a plot or conspiracy.”
“In a democracy, opinions of varying shades, either praise or criticism, are a staple ingredient of a vibrant democracy,” she said. “Since when has criticism become an element of sedition?”
Communications Sec. Martin Andanar on Sunday said Malacañang will investigate online reports on “Lenileaks.” (MNS)