MANILA -- Malacanang said the national day of prayer on Monday has nothing to do with the political action in 2001 that led to then-President Joseph Estrada stepping down from office.
Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said it is only coincidental that January 20 was also one of the dates of the so-called Edsa Dos.
Estrada, now the mayor of Manila, was later pardoned for plunder by his successor Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
Estrada made headlines recently when he went to the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) to check on the condition of Arroyo, who is also now being tried for plunder. Rumors started swirling after, with pundits saying an alliance is being formed against President Benigno Aquino III.
“Edsa 2 was not marked in our history books. It is clear that the date of the national day of prayer is just coincidental,” Coloma told radio dzRB, adding that the prayer day will not even touch on the topic.
The national day of prayer was scheduled as a day of thanksgiving amid the recent disasters faced by the country, including the Zamboanga City siege, the Bohol earthquake, and the onslaught of super typhoon Yolanda.
Delegates of various faiths will be joining Aquino in Malacanang starting at 5 p.m., including Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, Police Superintendent Imam Ebra Moxsir of the Imam Council of the Philippines, Commissioner Zenaida Pawid of the National Commission of Indigenous Peoples, Isaias Samson of Iglesia ni Cristo and a representative of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches.