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Iglesia backing Erap-GMA-Ramos alliance?

Posted On 2014 Jan 10
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Thousands of people line up for charity packages being given out by the politically-influential Filipino sect Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) in Manila on October 14, 2013 (MNS photo)

Thousands of people line up for charity packages being given out by the politically-influential Filipino sect Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) in Manila on October 14, 2013 (MNS photo)

MANILA, Jan 9 (Mabuhay) – The lawyer of former First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo denied Thursday that the Iglesia ni Cristo is supporting a possible alliance between 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.”a

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. (MNS)

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