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Jun 30th
What Loida Nicolas-Lewis Has to Do to Clear Her Good Name PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 09 September 2010 21:08
Dear Apo Ernie: We will post your spirited defense of Atty. Loida Nicolas-Lewis in the User's Comments after the article. But the fact that Ms. Loida is holier than Mother Teresa and more philanthropic than the Rockefellers has nothing to do with the issue at bar. The issue is the full-and-complete accounting of the campaign funds generated by Ms. Lewis, her fellow NaFFAA officers and friends (all acting in their personal capacity) for the Noynoy Aquino-Mar Roxas presidential slate. She has simply to send the report to us and we will gladly publish it. But reports say that all of the donors were never issued receipts, especially the smaller amounts given in cash at all the fundraising events held in the United States. What is so difficult of issuing out a financial report for any activity or event? When I was elected at an election held at the Philippine Consulate General as the chairman of the 2003 Philippine Independence Fiesta and Parade, I practiced fully the tenets of accountability and transparency. The event was held on June 7, 2003, and our treasurer and I issued a written financial report on June 17, 2003 -- or ten days after the fact. Copies were given to the consular officials, members of the committee, the Filipino press and the public. The report was posted also online. The same accountability practice was done when I was elected also as the overall chairman of the 2006 Kalayaan Philippine Independence Committee at the Philippine Consulate General. My Committee reported to the consular officials, the community and media leaders and the public a full financial report within 20 days. The gala dinner and ball was held on June 10, 2006, and we submitted our report on June 30, 2006, in a meeting at the consulate. Printed copies were distributed to all in attendance, including the members of the Filipino-American media. If we can do it in Los Angeles, can't the community leaders in New York do it also at the Big Apple and do it also anywhere else? Ms. Loida has a big problem now because she initially claimed that she remitted by telegraphic transfer the funds to a first cousin of President Noynoy Aquino and gave the balance of $10,000 to a sister of the President. We are sure that the Aquinos, Cojuancos, Lopas, et al, would not want to be dragged into the mess. Ms. Loida has to tell the Filipino world the real score on the campaign fundraising because she was the overall convenor of the fundraising organization in the United States. So, let us give Ms. Lewis a chance to submit the financial report and give her the benefit of the doubt. Mabuhay, Lolo Bobby M. Reyes Editor (As sent by e-mail to Mr. Gange, with copies to Ms. Lewis, Joseph G. Lariosa and several other community leaders)

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