Friday, April 22, 2016

Fil-Am supporters celebrate Hillary Clinton's win in NY primary

Filipino-Americans supporting the presidential candidacy of former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday (US time) celebrated her victory in the New York Primary Election.
Clinton, wife of former US president Bill Clinton, won 58 percent of the New York Democrat votes while Senator Bernie Sanders received 42 percent. She  presently has 1,428 delegates committed to her to Sanders' 1,151, and will need 2,383 to garner the nomination.
Filipino Americans for Hillary New York recently re-launched at Maharlika Restaurant in New York City to galvanize support for Clinton.  Chaired by Loida Nicolas Lewis, the group has been reaching out to the Filipino-American community to inspire support for her.
"Hillary Clinton has always been attentive to the Fil-Am community," said Lewis. "In 1999, she was the first and so far the only First Lady of the White House who accepted to be the keynote speaker of NAFFA 3rd Empowerment Conference."
A Secretary of State, Clinton "agreed to our suggestion in 2010 to send US observers to the Philippine elections," Lewis added.
Clinton was also praised for signing the Omnibus Bill in 2009 that gave lump sum payments to Filipino Veterans of World War II. 
"As President of the USA, she will be sympathetic to the Philippines vis a vis China," Lewis said, referring to the country's territorial dispute with China over parts of the South China Sea.
Representatives of the Fil Am for Hillary NY attended the Primary Night Celebration and were amazed at what transpired.
"I was there last night to witness this historical event and was blown away by the high energy. It was sooo contagious!" said Jerry Sibal.
Angie Cruz reiterated that Clinton is the best qualified candidate to serve as US president of the United States.
"Hillary has a proven track record of working across the aisle, and her experience as junior Senator of NY and Secretary of State has enhanced her understanding of the unique experiences of all Americans- particularly Filipino Americans and other communities of color,? said Kaleo Nadal of the Filipino American Historical Society.
Meanwhile, lead organizer Marilyn Abalos said there will be ongoing activities to reach out and support for Clinton throughout the general election.  —KBK, GMA News

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