In denying that she is part of an alleged overseas plot to oust Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, VP Leni Robredo said she last spoke with Fil-Am community leader Loida Nicolas-Lewis before or during the campaign period. She said the millionaire supported her candidacy as a district representative because the Fil-Am leader is also from Bicol.
Nicolas-Lewis, a prominent lawyer-businesswoman, was among those tagged in the ouster plot against Duterte. She has denied these allegations.
“Sinasabi po nag-meet daw kami noon sa Amerika. Hindi po yun totoo. Ni personal meeting, ni tawag sa telepono, hindi po kami nagtawagan o nag-meet sa America. Yung kumakalat na balita, hindi po yun totoo,” she said.
(They said we met up in America. That is not true. Even a personal meeting or a phone conversation, we did not phone each other or meet in America. The news circulating is not true.)
But news stories archived on the Internet tell a different story. The conference referenced below was held in Chicago on August 6, when Robredo was already VP. It would be hard to believe — even granting Nicolas-Lewis was not present at the conference which is doubtful — that as chair and founder of the conference organizer she would not even have given Robredo a short phone call.
This YouTube video showing a phone conversation between Nicolas-Lewis and Robredo — although it happened back in 2012 — shows some familiarity between the two ladies.
Is Robredo’s denial a case of “selective amnesia?”