Iglesia backing Erap-GMA-Ramos alliance?

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 09 2014 02:42 PM | Updated as of Jan 09 2014 10:48 PM

MANILA - The lawyer of former First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo denied Thursday that the Iglesia ni Cristo is supporting a possible alliance among former Presidents Fidel Ramos, Joseph Estrada and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

In a statement released to media, Topacio said: "Lately, there have been reports in media attributing to the undersigned statements to the effect that the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) is supporting the proposed so-called 'Triple X Alliance' of former Presidents Fidel V. Ramos, Joseph E. Estrada and Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo."

"Such statements are INACCURATE. While the undersigned is a proud and active member of the INC, he has never pretended to speak for the Church, and his statements regarding any subject reflect only his personal or professional positions."

"NO SUCH SUPPORT ON THE PART OF THE INC SHOULD BE INFERRED NOR IMPLIED."

Talk of an alliance started after Ramos and Estrada paid a visit to former President Arroyo at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center. Arroyo, who is facing plunder charges, was placed under hospital arrest due to complications from a botched cervical spine surgery in 2011.

Estrada earlier said he visited Mrs. Arroyo because he was concerned about her health. Nothing political was discussed in the meetings, he said.

Apart from the former presidents, other Arroyo visitors include Arroyo critics such as Jesus is Lord Movement founder and leader Bro. Eddie Villanueva and retired Lingayen Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz.