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Duterte tags Loida Nicolas as financier of anti-gov’t propaganda

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President Rodrigo Duterte has accused Filipino-American millionaire Loida Nicolas Lewis of funding the Amnesty International (AI) to draw global attention to the war on illegal drugs.

In an interview in Malacañang after the bilateral talks with Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Thursday (April 27), Duterte shrugged off AI’s call for the ASEAN to take a stand against drug-related killings.

“That is not an issue. You are funny. Bakit kayo makialam sa amin dito? Magagalit pa ‘yung mga Presidente na…,” he said.

Duterte said politics is clearly behind AI’s latest move– and Lewis is funding it.

Alam mo mga pulitika ‘yan eh itong mga pera ni Loida ‘yan. Mga friends friends diyan sa Amerika pa kuno,” he said.

Lewis helped fund the Liberal Party’s presidential camapign in the 2016 polls.

After Duterte won, she was accused of funding efforts to overthrow the government or oust the President from power.