Anong fake invitation, Loida Lewis? Jinggoy Estrada meets Fil-Am group in Michigan
Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada finally met with a group of Filipino-Americans in Michigan, USA, the main reason he asked the anti-graft court’s permission to travel abroad.
Estrada, in a Facebook video, rallied the Fil-Ams to set aside selfish interests and support efforts for a peaceful and progressive Philippines. They said they could be part of the solution rather than be part of the problem.
The former lawmaker also spoke about the country’s pressing challenges, from labor contractualization, corruption in government to oil price hike as well as his admiration for the strong leadership of President Duterte during the forum.
“Maraming salamat po sa ating mga kababayan sa Michigan, USA sa kanilang mainit na pagtanggap sa inyong lingkod. I am deeply overwhelmed by the outpouring support you’ve accorded me. Nakakatanggal ng pagod,” he said.
Estrada said he hopes his photos with the Filipinos in Michigan would disprove accusations that he lied in court about the invitation to speak before the group.
“I hope that these photos will dispel the accusations/innuendos that I fooled/misrepresented the court by submitting a fake invitation. This will prove otherwise,” he said.
“Sana makita rin ni Loida Nicolas Lewis at ni Atty. Rodel Rodis at ng Phil Daily Inquirer ang mga larawan na ito para malaman nila na malinis ang aking hangarin nung tanggapin ko ang paanyaya ng ating mga kababayan sa Michigan,” he said.
Estrada was allowed by the Sandiganbayan to travel to the United State based on an invitation
as a speaker to an event by the U.S. Pinoys for Good Governance (USPGG) in Michigan. Lewis, USPGG chair, however later reportedly denied inviting Estrada to the event.