Fil-Am leader rallies Pinoys in Canada to back Noy, Mar

By Marieton Pacheco, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Apr 17 2010 07:32 PM | Updated as of Apr 18 2010 03:32 AM

CANADA - A Filipino-American leader came to Vancouver recently to rally support for presidential candidate Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III and his running mate, vice presidential bet Mar Roxas.

A fund-raising dinner for a local Filipino-Canadian candidate turned out to be a night to gather support for Aquino and Roxas as well.

Speaking to Pinoys in British Columbia, Fil-Am community leader Loida Nicolas-Lewis could not help but call on kababayans here to vote for Aquino and Roxas.

“I want to tell them that this time we have a candidate who will not disappoint them. Noynoy will be a different president and that's why I'm doing what I'm doing," Lewis said.

Lewis, however, may have been barking at the wrong tree since most of the Pinoys at the event were not registered voters.

A community leader from Surrey admitted that while many are interested to know what's happening back home, very few are actually participating in the upcoming polls.

“It's my fault actually. Hopefully, one day I'll be able to do it. I think it’s a little bit too late already for the coming election. For so many years, we haven't found the one and it seems that we were stuck there for so long. It’s kind of frustrating especially for us, Pinoys who went abroad," said Narima Dela Cruz of the Surrey Philippine Independence Day Society. Balitang America