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    Sunday, January 8, 2017

    Writer's Open Letter to Loida Lewis: Keep your hands off our government

    To Loida Nicolas Lewis and your ilk,

    "Speaking up about the developments in the Philippines" is very, very, very different from ordering your dogs to attack Duterte supporters, call Sandro Marcos stupid, and destabilize the country by mobilizing institutions like the Church and school.

    You and your co conspirators are arrogant, but your arrogance no longer fits today's narrative, where the common man has found his voice and his place in this world.

    You have no right to speak for the struggling OFWs--that waiter in the Caribbean cruise ship--because if you were not so out of touch with reality, you would realize and understand that most OFWs want the change that you so abhor. Also, most OFWs picked Bong bong Marcos, not that I'm happy about it, but that's the truth.

    Wag din ibida ang Lewis College because it's not charity, it's business. Maybe a small one by your standards, but it's still business. Your latest ad in your website shows that you only offer 100 percent scholarship to Grade 10 1st honors students. You said 25 percent of your students are scholars. Im sure you can bring that figure much higher without making a dent on your fortune. Eh kung ilibre mo lahat mas mura pa rin kesa sa destabilization efforts mo. Less wealthy Filipinos have bigger foundations and have helped more, I bet.

    Keep your hands off our government. A bunch of well fed, wealthy, out of touch seniors wining and dining and plotting in New York because they believe they know best is the last thing this country needs.

    You love the Philippines as you say you do? Then please get out of our government's affairs, share your money with the poor, and support the projects of this government that you believe in.

    Pagawa kayo ng drug rehab center, hire reformed drug addicts and set up a livelihood program for them, give their wives livelihood, set up a scholarship fund for the children of dead policemen who were killed in the line of duty, try nyo lang po. That's being a partner of this government, and then you deserve the right to be called a real partner for change.

    By: Krizette Laureta Chu

    Well-known writer and Duterte supporter Krizette Chu wrote this open letter after Filipino-American Loida Nicolas Lewis released her statement regarding #LeniLeaks which has been exposed over the weekend.

    Statement from Loida Nicolas Lewis regarding #LeniLeaks

    "At least one out of every eight Filipinos lives overseas. Our remittances are a major boost for the Philippine economy. Just because we are Overseas Filipinos (OF) does not mean that we have lost our right to be involved in or speak out on developments in our home country.

    Like myself, many of us are dual citizens and therefore retain our full rights as Filipinos. We have a right, even a duty, to be involved in our homeland and participate as much as we can in its politics.

    Love of country is not limited to those who reside in the Philippines. A waiter on a cruise ship in the Carribean, an accountant working with a New York City firm, a nurse carrying for patients in the suburbs of London - we are all a part of the greater Philippine nation. Many of us had to leave our country to earn a living for ourserlves and our families back home, but we did not leave behind our rights as Filipinos. Nor did we leave behind our love for our fellow countrymen.

    As for me, I founded The Lewis Collge in my hometown of Sorsogon, which offers low and affordable tuition for college in the Bicol Region, and about 25% of those in College are on scholarship.

    It is in that spirit of caring and brotherhood that we speak out on developments in the Philippines. We will continue to do so because if we did not, we would be untrue to who we are: Filipinos, like you."

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