LACSON OVERWHELMED BY SUPPORT FROM U.S.-BASED PINOYS

Manila, Feb. 3, 2003- Senator Ping Lacson arrived from the US still overwhelmed by the support shown by Filipinos living there who have offered to contribute their resources in his court battle.

"It's simply overwhelming and heartwarming to know how Filipinos respond to the needs of their countrymen, especially in times like this," Lacson said.

Filipinos residing in Los Angeles have assured Lacson they would help him raise funds to pay the American lawyer to contest the decision.

Ed Azcuna, president of the Cavite Association of Los Angeles and a townmate of Lacson, said ordinary workers and professionals have assured him of financial help for Lacson.

Filipino nurses working in hospitals in New York City, learning about Lacson's need for funds to defray the legal services, passed the hat around for contributions, Azcuna said.

Xinia Divinagracia, a nurse from Iloilo working in Beth Israel Hospital, and Leticia Duller, also a nurse working in the operating room of the Veterans Hospital in Manhattan, pledged to give "modest contributions," Azcuna said.

Dr. Domingo Santos and his nurse-wife, Carmen, both practicing in St. Louis, Missouri, gave their promise "to do our share."

Luz Perez Alerta, a retired nurse from Mother Cabrini Hospital, contributed $100 to the effort. So will her daughter, Lea, and her Chinese husband.

Lacson's "mistahs" at PMA Class 1971, who are now retired or living in the US, have pledged support for him.

A member of PMA Class 1969, now a retired colonel and married to a nurse working in a hospital in Los Angeles, said he will inform other PMAers about Lacson's need for money in the legal cases.

"We are amazed at how Filipinos all over the US have expressed willingness to support Senator Lacson," Azcuna said. (Malaya)


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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