From the Malaya:
DURING Mike Velarde’s birthday celebration last Saturday, Gloria Arroyo said the El Shaddai leader was sent by God as a "prophet of reconciliation." We do not have the ability to discern what the Divine plan is for this benighted country, so we took Gloria’s word for it.
So what specific plan does the prophet of reconciliation have to end the current political crisis arising from charges that Arroyo stole the 2004 election?
Well, Velarde said he has come up with a formula where opposition groups would be brought in as partners of the administration. He said his proposal is for the opposition parties to get 60 percent of Cabinet positions.
Velarde said Gloria is "receptive" to the idea of a coalition government. More, she is open to having her term cut short to 2007 when elections would be held.
Velarde said he and Gloria have discussed the transition formula at least three times. He added he has taken up the idea with President Joseph Estrada and other opposition leaders.
That’s as specific a proposal as one could get. So what does the Palace say about Velarde’s initiative?
Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye yesterday said there is no need for a coalition government. What Gloria wants, he said, is "principled working relation."
Poor Velarde, if poor is the word to describe this entrepreneur who a few months back was gifted by Gloria and her housing czar, Vice President Noli de Castro, with a P500 million loan for a real estate development project.
Hailed as a prophet last weekend, he is now obliquely being called a liar.