Philippines mourns death of former President Fidel Ramos

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Posted at Jul 31 2022 06:02 PM | Updated as of Aug 01 2022 04:53 PM

Former President Fidel V. Ramos. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/file
Former President Fidel V. Ramos. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/file

MANILA (UPDATE) — Former President Fidel V. Ramos has passed away, his family confirmed Sunday. He was 94 years old.

"The Ramos family is profoundly saddened to announce the passing of former President Fidel Valdez Ramos," the family said in a statement. 

"We thank you all for respecting our privacy, as the family takes some time to grieve together. "

"We will announce wake and funeral arrangements in the near future," the statement added.

Malacañang also issued a statement mourning the passing of the country's 12th President.

"He leaves behind a colorful legacy and a secure place in history for his participation in the great changes of our country, both as military officer and chief executive," said Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles in a statement. 

Ramos served as the country's Chief Executive from 1992 to 1998, succeeding Corazon Aquino as the country's second president after the People Power Revolution.

His administration was best known for its "Philippines 2000" program, which aimed to make the country industrialized by the year 2000 onwards. This program is often credited with revitalizing the country's economy.

Under his watch, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) signed a historic peace treaty with the Philippine government which ended 4 years of peace talks between the 2 parties.

Ramos was a former chief of the Philippine Constabulary under his second cousin, former President Ferdinand Marcos. 

He later served as Armed Forces vice chief of staff. In 1986, he and then-Defense Secretary Juan Ponce Enrile led disgruntled soldiers in joining the EDSA Revolution that ousted Marcos and led to the presidency of Corazon Aquino. 

During Aquino's presidency, Ramos thwarted several coup attempts as Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff and Secretary of National Defense. 

Ramos was also instrumental in convincing President Rodrigo Duterte to run in the 2016 elections. 

He was appointed the same year as the Philippines' special envoy to China but resigned months later. 

Ramos criticized Duterte's performance in his first 100 days, including his stance on the Paris climate pact, and his move to allow Marcos to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. 

Ramos was born on March 18, 1928 in Lingayen, Pangasinan.

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