Is Loida Nicolas anti-Duterte? Read her tweets and you be the judge
President Rodrigo Duterte has accused Loida Nicolas-Lewis, the United States-based chief campaigner of defeated presidential bet Mar Roxas, of leading a plan to oust him by launching massive rallies starting next year.
But the widow of the richest African-American in the 1980s claimed that this was bunk and that the President was being fed wrong information.
In a tweet posted Saturday night, Nicolas-Lewis downplayed her protest against the over 3,000 alleged extrajudicial killings which have happened amid Duterte’s ongoing war on drugs as “concerns” that others have also raised and debated publicly.
— Loida Nicolas Lewis (@LoidaNLewis) November 5, 2016
Nicolas-Lewis’ Twitter timeline, however, tells a different story.
As early as April 2016, she already began taking a potshot at Duterte by quoting a line from the Les’ Miserables’ “Do You Hear the People Sing?”. At that time, the then-Davao City mayor began overtaking his rivals to take the lead in popularity surveys.
— Loida Nicolas Lewis (@LoidaNLewis) April 5, 2016
A review of Nicolas-Lewis’ old tweets also showed she wasn’t just a mere participant in the protest actions mounted by Filipino-American groups against Duterte, but their leader.
— Loida Nicolas Lewis (@LoidaNLewis) August 27, 2016
Just three weeks into Duterte’s term, Nicolas-Lewis posted a tweet on July 22 shooting don the misconception that she had “unequivocal support for the administration” by stressing that she was “against extrajudicial killings and other policies that violate basic human rights, including those that negate human rights abuses committed during martial law.”
— Loida Nicolas Lewis (@LoidaNLewis) July 21, 2016
She was also vehemently against burying the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
— Loida Nicolas Lewis (@LoidaNLewis) July 27, 2016
A prominent member of the Filipino American community in the US, Nicolas-Lewis called for a boycott of “Made in China” goods:
— Loida Nicolas Lewis (@LoidaNLewis) July 13, 2016
— Loida Nicolas Lewis (@LoidaNLewis) August 21, 2016