Andanar dares Fil-Am millionaire Loida Nicolas Lewis: Why don’t you go home and tell us your problem?
Communications Secretary Martin Andanar has challenged Filipino-American millionaire and philantropist Loida Nicolas Lewis to fly back to the Philippines to air her gripes against the government instead of supposedly plotting the ouster of President Rodrigo Duterte in the United States.
In an interview with Karen Davila on ANC’s “Headstart” Tuesday (Jan. 10), Andanar noted that Lewis’ name has been popping up in several alleged plans to unseat the President.
“The fact is if Ms. Lewis has some issues with this government, why don’t she just come here… and go back to Manila, go home to the Philippines. Malacañang is open to you, we can talk to you, and tell us your beef against this government,” he said.
Andanar said it was “unfortunate” that Lewis “keeps on stoking a fire for people to go against the administration” just because her preferred candidate for president, Mar Roxas, lost.
He called Lewis’ friendly gestures towards Duterte “kaplastikan” given her supposed dislike for him even during the campaign season for the May 2016 polls.
Recalling Duterte and Lewis’ meeting in Davao City shortly after he won the presidential race, Andanar said: “There was an audience and then she wrote something good and now, then she says one thing, she says another thing. Kaplastikan eh.”
Lewis has been tagged in the so-called “LeniLeaks” controversy, which involved emails allegedly exchanged by some US-based LP supporters with certain individuals in the Philippines.
It was in the Global Filipino Diaspora Council Yahoo! Group to which Lewis reportedly belongs that the emails reportedly containing mentions about Duterte’s ouster were found.