CAROL STREAM, Illinois – Filipino-American business tycoon Loida Nicolas Lewis, co-leader of the U.S. Pinoys For Good Governance (USP4GG), disclosed here on the eve of the start of the absentee voting for overseas Filipinos last April 12 that USP4GG is endorsing at least eight of the 12 Team PNoy senatorial candidates in a bid to give President Noynoy Aquino a majority in the Philippine Senate in the next three years.
But she clarified the endorsement should “not let (President Aquino become) a dictator but only to get things done properly.”
Lewis, an ageless and tireless civil rights activist, said USP4GG would also be campaigning for the election of two independent candidates, Edward Hagedorn and Bro. Eddie Villanueva, “who are straight (honest) at hindi ipagbibili ang bayan (who will not betray the people). She also said she will be campaigning against a senatorial candidate accused of murdering an actor during martial law.
The credibility of the USP4GG gained traction in 2010 elections when majority of senatorial slate it endorsed in the 2010 won in the presidential elections. It also supported the candidacy of then Sen. Noynoy Aquino, who won the presidency. But its vice presidential bet, former Senator and now DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, lost to former Makati City Mayor Jojo Binay.
There are some 900,000 Filipino overseas voters.
A Makati city resident and former law classmate of Vice President Binay, Attorney Lewis said she would still be backing Secretary Roxas if Mr. Roxas and Mr. Binay would have a return bout in the 2016 presidential election.
She said Mr. Binay simply cannot toe the line of President Aquino’s call for a “tuwid na daan” (straight path) as the vice president has surrounded himself with corrupt underlings. (JGLEye)