MANILA - Former President Fidel Ramos believes that the latest terrorist attack in Paris, France could be the start of a brewing Third World War.
At the same time, Ramos on Sunday warned that the Philippines is not safe from similar attacks.
"Itong banta na international terrorism -- which the Pope and the President of France have called the beginning of World War III -- this is already World War III in chapters," Ramos told radio dzMM
The coordinated string of bombings and shootings in the French capital on Saturday left at least 129 dead and 352 others wounded.
The Islamic State of Syria has claimed responsibility for the carnage that has been condemned by world leaders.
Ramos noted that such a terror attack is among the factors that have sparked earlier wars, which also included international military build-up, mass migration, and attempted assassinations of world leaders.
Ramos also warned that the massacre in France, a military advanced country compared to the Philippines, proves that we are not safe from similar threats.
"Itong mga acts of terrorism, talagang very surprising especially in an advance country like France. Puro superior ang kanilang security agencies, personnel and equipment [pero] ginagawa na nila ito and it affects us," the retired four-star army general said.
"It could happen anywhere else nearer to the Philippines, maybe in Asia-Pacific and it will affect our country."
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Ramos, however, denounced spending for a military build-up and developing nuclear weapons, saying that funds for these will be better allocated to solving social issues.
"This is our national prayer in the Philippines: Kalimutan na iyung terrorism at superpower play, iyung nagpapataasan ng alam mo na dahil sa military build-up, developing nuclear weapons of mass destruction. At iyung mga ginagastos nila sa military build-up, dito ilagay sa maritime enforcement, defenses against gobal warming, protection of people in coastal areas," Ramos said.
"Let us devote the savings from too much spending in military weapons for mass destruction into fighting poverty, fighting pandemic diseases. Help the poor people around the world na kulang ang tubig, pagkain, kulang ang housing," he added.