Duterte Supporter Lualhati, an Australian based Filipina criticized Senator Risa Hontiveros during her meeting with the Filipino community leaders at Bulwagang Rizal Philippine Consulate Office– Sydney on March 22, 2017.
Lualhati questioned the action of some politicians under Liberal Party including Hontiveros, which she believes they are only destroying the image of the Philippines in the international community.
“We are trying our best here to international community to show how Filipinos are like and how hardworking we are and how excellent we are as a people, but no matter how hard we do that there are people especially from your party in fact yourself... and the Liberal Party,” Ms. Lualhati told Hontiveros.
“How can we be honorable when we malign our own community, our own people, in suggesting that there are crimes going on done by the government, against its own people. Parang hindi fair na kami nagpapakahirap na baguhin ang imahe ng mga Pilipino at ng Pilipinas sa international community and yet paulit-ulit na naririnig namin sa inyong mga politicians na dina-down niyo ang sarili niyong bansa. Naapektuhan kami, naapektuhan ang OFWs. We are around the world and we all have to put up with that and we all have to, we’re at the forefront in other words, nasa frontier kami, nasa harapan kami, kami yung nasa trenches na humaharap sa mga foreigners na nakikita kung ano ang sinasabi ng mga katulad ninyo na senators,” Lualhati added.
She also asked Hontiveros if how can we manage to change the image of the Philippines to the international community when some of the Filipinos who were against the Duterte administration are working to destabilise the country.
"You hold office okay? So people will listen to you whether we like it or not. So, paano naming mababago ang imahe, kung paulit ulit na sinisira ng kapwa naming Pilipino?," she asked.