Naglabas na ng pahayag si Loida Nicolas-Lewis sa kanyang Facebook account sa gitna ng kontrobersyal na #LeniLeaks. Hindi niya itinanggi ang pag-iral ng mga nasabing emails at chat conversation kung saan pinaguusapan ang pagpapabagsak sa Duterte Government.

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“At least one out of every eight Filipinos lives overseas. Our remittances are a major boost for the Philippine economy. Just because we are Overseas Filipinos (OFs) does not mean that we have lost our right to be involved in or speak out on developments in our home country.

Like myself, many of us are dual citizens and therefore retain our full rights as Filipinos. It is therefore wrong to disparage or demean comments from overseas Filipinos. We have a right, even a duty, to be involved in our homeland and participate as much as we can in its politics.

Love of country is not limited to those who reside in the Philippines. A waiter on a cruise ship in the Caribbean, an accountant working with a New York City firm, a nurse caring for patients in the suburbs of London — we are all a part of the greater Philippine nation. Many of us had to leave our country to earn a living for ourselves and our families back home, but we did not leave behind our rights as Filipinos. Nor did we leave behind our love for our fellow countrymen.  We always try to give back to the motherland as we are able.

As for me, I founded The Lewis College in my hometown of Sorsogon, which is offers low and affordable tuition for college in the Bicol Region, and about 25% of those in College are on scholarship.

It is in that spirit of caring and brotherhood that we speak out on developments in the Philippines. We will continue to do so because if we did not, we would be untrue to who we are: Filipinos, like you.”

Ang #LeniLeaks ay sumambulat sa social media dahil sa pananaliksik ng dalawang prominenteng political analysts na sina ThinkingPinoy at Sass Rogando Sasot. Nakapaloob sa nasabing leakage ang mga istratehiya para pagandahin ang imahe ni VP Leni Robredo at sirain naman ang Pangulo sa international media. Sangkot din sa #LeniLeaks ang ilang miyembro ng local media.

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