Palace dismisses rumors of GMA-Erap-FVR alliance

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Posted at Jan 05 2014 04:50 PM | Updated as of Jan 06 2014 01:25 AM

Former President Joseph "Erap" Estrada returns to Veterans Memorial Medical Center to visit Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

MANILA -- Malacanang on Sunday said it would rather focus on the rehabilitation of devastated provinces hit by super typhoon "Yolanda" instead of reacting to rumors of an alliance between former presidents Fidel V. Ramos, Joseph Estrada and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

In an interview on Radyo ng Bayan, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma admitted that they have heard of these rumors.

"Iginagalang po natin ang lahat ng mga nagpahayag na iyan. Pero sa amin po, hindi po 'yan ang prayoridad na pinag-uukulan ng pansin, sapagkat marami pong mahahalagang usapin sa ating bansa tulad po 'nung agarang rehabilitasyon at rekonstruksyon para sa mga nasalanta ng kalamidad ng 'Yolanda' at sa Zamboanga, pati po doon sa Bohol earthquake at 'yung 'Santi.' Mas prayoridad po ng administrasyon 'yun pong mga programa ng reporma at 'yung programa ng pagbabagong-tatag mula sa kalamidad at 'yung pagsulong po ng Philippine Development Plan," Coloma stressed.

When asked if President Benigno Aquino III would also visit his predecessor, Coloma said it is not the President's priority as of the moment.

"'Yun pong sinabi ng Pangulo 'nung unang tinanong 'yan, bandang Kapaskuhan, ay malinaw. Kinakailangan pong magkaroon ng pananagutan o accountability process. Wala naman po siyang masamang hangarin o masamang saloobin laban kay Ginang Arroyo. Pero sa kanya pong pagturing ay hindi po angkop 'yung kaisipang 'yan. Pero ginagalang po namin lahat ng nais dumalaw kay Ginang Arroyo at karapatan naman po nila 'yon," Coloma explained.

Rumors of an alliance between the three ex-presidents came up after both Ramos and Estrada visited Arroyo before the end of 2013.

Other personalities who recently visited Arroyo included retired Lingayen Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz, Jesus Is Lord Movement head Eddie Villanueva and JIL's Leo Alconga.

Both Cruz and Villanueva have been critics of Arroyo during her presidency.