Why some Filipino Americans in LA support Trump

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Noel Omega, a Filipino American and Trump supporter, stands outside one of the cars being decorated ahead of a weekend rally. Photo by Benjamin Gottlieb.

LA County is home to the largest Filipino community outside of the Philippines. Now there’s an energized group of Filipino Americans here who support President Donald Trump. “It's the small government, the pro-life, and having the moral position [in line with our faith],” says local Republican Noel Omega.

Another reason why this group supports Trump? “Recently, China as a world power has been invading some of the Philippine islands in the South China Sea. So that is something that we really as Filipinos, on a foreign policy level, really support his coming down strong against China,” says Marc Ang, the founder of the nonprofit Asian Industry B2B.