THE opposition on Monday criticized Malacañang for an attempt to cast in bad light the decision of former Presidents Joseph Estrada and Fidel Ramos to visit and check on the condition of former President Gloria Arroyo at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in December.
Rep. Toby Tiangco, secretary general of the United Nationalist Alliance was referring to rumors about an alleged alliance being formed between Estrada, Ramos and Arroyo for 2016.
Tiangco expressed belief that the Malacañang has all the reasons to concoct such rumor because the gestures of Estrada and Ramos has shown President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s lack of compassion toward others, including Arroyo.
“It has shown how vindictive this administration is, that is why they are looking for ways to cover it up and spreading alliance rumors is one of them,” Tiangco said in a telephone interview as he denied the supposed alliance of the three former leaders.
Aside from Estrada and Ramos, Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz of Lingayen-Dagupan, a vocal critic of Arroyo, also visited the former leader, as well as Bro. Eddie Villanueva of the Jesus Is Lord Movement.
Communication secretary Herminio Coloma, in an earlier statement said that the president has no plans to visit Arroyo and that such move is not the priority of the president.
Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th, on the other hand said that the president has more important things to be worried about instead of the alleged political alliance of the three former chief executives of the country.
According to Trillanes, Aquino should be more concerned of the public reaction to the rising costs of commodities and services, which his administration has been ignoring.
Trillanes said that the increasing public dismay of the Aquino-led administration could make him vulnerable.
“Because a public furor or dismay on the way he’s governing may render him politically vulnerable to concessions or mass actions that may be taken advantage of by interest groups,” Trillanes said.
He added it is important for the president to come up with a concrete solution that will address the continuous increase on the prices of commodities.
Among the issues that need to be addressed is the power rate hikes which according to Trillanes can be remedied by the government though various means.
Trillanes said that government could use the proceeds from Malampaya Gas Project to subsidize the impending increase since the move is energy-related.