Loida Nicolas’ sister joins mass for Trillanes
A younger sister of Filipino-American philanthropist and Duterte administration critic Loida Nicolas-Lewis on Saturday joined supporters of opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV during Saturday’s (September 9) program outside the Senate compound in Pasay City.
In a video taken by Politiko during Saturday’s mass dedicated for Trillanes along J.W. Diokno Boulevard, it can be seen that Nicolas-Lewis’ younger sister, Imelda Nicolas was holding an image of Our Lady of Peñafrancia during the procession, which was also joined by the embattled legislator’s supporters from Tindig Pilipinas.
The younger Nicolas was a former Presidential Adviser for Overseas Filipino Workers during the past two Aquino Administration.
A reliable source told Politiko that Ms. Nicolas has close ties with the sisters of former President Benigno “Nonoy” Aquino III as well his cousin Senator Bam Aquino and Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon.
Aside from being a former presidential appointee, Ms. Nicolas was a co-founder of the US-Pinoy for Good Governance (USP4GG) together with her billionaire sister, as well as other Filipino-Americans opposition supporters based in the United States such Rodel Rodis and Eric Lachica.
Lachica, a top aide of Nicolas-Lewis, was seen hanging out with some leaders of the opposition in the Senate last February such as Trillanes and Atty. Fhillip D. Sawali, the chief-of-staff of detained Senator Leila de Lima.
A former diplomat during the time of former President Corazon Aquino, Lachica was being tapped regularly by Nicolas-Lewis to organize and arrange the recent trips of opposition personalities like Trillanes to the United States in an effort to gather support for the ouster of President Rodrigo Duterte to some top US officials according to the same source.
Trillanes visited the Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. last October 2017, where he met Republican Senator Marco Rubio (Florida) who was also critical and vocal about the alleged human rights violation being committed by the Duterte Administration especially on its campaign against illegal drugs in the Philippines.
Last September 4, Malacañang through Presidential Proclamation 572 revoked Trillanes’ amnesty grant, citing technicalities in his application back in 2010.
The former rebel soldier volunteered himself to be under the custody of Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III following the revocation of his amnesty and while waiting for the Supreme Court’s (SC) decision on his appeal to junk Duterte’s proclamation.