Part 1: INC Rebellion - INC's role in bringing the crowd to the EDSA 3 rally
Part 2: INC Rebellion - INC's role in the rebellion plot
Part 3: The government's response to the plot, specifically against the INC
Part 4: The government's attempt to reach out to the INC leadership
Part 5: INC Rebellion - The deal with Manalo
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo makes a personal visit to Manalo
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Interestingly, the president called on INC Executive Director Erano Manalo on May 8. The visit was described as "private" and was not logged on the president's official schedule. Malacanang refused to disclose details of the meeting, although INC sources said she had asked for Manalo's support for the senatorial candidates of the administration. INC sources said that, while the May 14 mid-term election was the main agenda, Manalo and Macapagal-Arroyo talked about Estrada. She reportedly offered "hospital arrest" in response for Manalo's demand for house arrest.
INC sources also said that Macapagal-Arroyo had promised to Appoint former Jusice Secretary Artemio Tuquero, a respected and ranking member of the INC, to a suitable government post. As of this writing, a hospital arrest for Estrada seemed almost sure - as all officials involved in the decision making were for it, from the government doctors who changed their diagnosis into something more serious-sounding to the prosecution who felt keeping the former president in the hospital was the most practical solution to the problem of security and traffic during the impending trial. Tuquero also has been nominated as ambasador to Canada. As for the treatment of the former president, Macapagal-Arroyo has been accused by her own supporters of giving him preferential treatment. The criticism forced her to stop the construction work in the hospital compound.