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Palace not wary of Erap-GMA-FVR alliance; Estrada quashes rumors

ERAP WITH G.M.A. AT VETERANS — A smiling former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is flanked by her visitors Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada (left) and Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno (right) as they pose inside her hospital suite at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. (Manila Photo Bureau)

If you look at it on paper, an alliance of former Presidents Joseph Estrada, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Fidel V. Ramos is really a force to be reckoned with in the presidential elections in 2016, but the Palace just shrugged it off, saying it would rather focus on the Philippine Development Plan and rehabilitation of areas devastated by calamities last year.

Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said on Sunday the Aquino administration is not looking at the future just yet, but focusing on its relief efforts to help residents affected by recent disasters.

“[H]indi po iyan ang prayoridad na pinag-uukulan ng pansin sapagka’t marami pong mahahalagang usapin sa ating bansa, tulad po nang agarang rehabilitasyon at rekonstruksiyon para sa mga nasalanta ng kalamidad, ng Yolanda at sa Zamboanga pati po doon sa Bohol earthquake at iyong Santi,” Coloma said over state-run dzRB radio.

“Sabihin na lang po natin na hindi po iyan prayoridad sa kasalukuyan,” Coloma added.

Estrada himself shut down the rumors of his reported alliance with GMA, whom he visited late last year at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) and Ramos.

“That will never happen. We cannot have political alliance. How can it be when we have incompatibilities,” Estrada said in a news report.

“I will never join Ramos. We are different. We have different political principles. That is simply a big rumor. It is a big speculation. They are capable of having speculations,” Estrada added.

Estrada said forming an alliance with Arroyo is also not possible because he is Vice President Jejomar Binay’s ally.

“It is also a no because we have different political principles. I am allied with Vice President Jejomar Binay,” Estrada said.

Estrada was Binay’s running mate during the 2010 Presidential elections but lost to now President Benigno Aquino III. He is now Manila City Mayor.

Binay has been expressing his intentions to run as President in 2016, which means if Estrada forms an alliance with Arroyo and Ramos, he will have to cut ties with Binay.

The news report said the three former Presidents will back a common candidate for 2016 because they are “alarmed with what’s happening to our country.”

Estrada and Ramos visited Arroyo in November and December last year at the VMMC where she is detained for plunder and electoral sabotage cases.

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