Fidel V. Ramos, 12th President of the Philippines, dies at the age of 94

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Former President Fidel V. Ramos (Photo courtesy of official Gazette

Former president Fidel V. Ramos has died yesterday at the age of 94, the country’s 12th President from 1992 to 1998.

Prior to the presidency, Ramos was the chief of the then-Philippine Constabulary (now Philippine National Police), Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and Secretary of the National Defense.

President Ramos dedicated most of his life as Chief of the Philippine Constabulary from 1972 to 1986 and Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines from 1986 to 1988. He also headed the Department of National Defense as Secretary from 1988 until 1991.

 The nation mourns the loss of the former President

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is mourning the passing of former President Fidel V. Ramos on Sunday.

On his official Facebook page, Marcos offered condolences to the Ramos family.

“I extend my deepest condolences to the family of former President Fidel Valdez Ramos who passed away today, having lived a full life as a military officer and public servant,” Marcos said.

Ramos was the second cousin of Marcos’ father, the late former president Ferdinand Marcos Sr.

Lawmakers released statements on Sunday to pay tribute to the legacy of former president Fidel V. Ramos, who died at the age of 94, describing him as a “visionary” in public service and a “true icon” of Philippine democracy.

Deputy Speaker Ralph Recto said Ramos was “brave in war, industrious in work, visionary in public service, and helpful to his fellowmen.”

“He was the Steady Eddie who led by infectious and inspiring example, from the trenches of Korea, to the corridors of Malacañang. Whether in the battlefield or in the bureaucracy, he was daring in deeds and bold in thinking,” Recto said.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) also mourned Ramos’ passing.

“The nation lost a great leader. We are one with our fellow countrymen in expressing our deepest condolences to the family of the former president,” Brig. Gen. Roderick Alba, PNP public information office chief, said in another statement.

Alba said Ramos will be remembered for his “valuable contribution into improving the lives of the Filipinos.” “More than being a military leader and a government official, he served as a good example to humanity through his incomparable wisdom and deeds,” he added

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is joining Filipinos in mourning former president Fidel V. Ramos who it described as a “foreign policy president who shaped the evolution of the department”.

In a statement Sunday night, the DFA said Ramos instituted economic diplomacy and the protection of overseas Filipinos as pillars of Philippine foreign policy.

“His visits to foreign countries during his six-year term focused on the post-Cold War opportunities offered in multilateral and economic diplomacy, and raised the profile of the Philippines in the region and globally,” the statement read.

Peacemaker

It was during his incumbency that the Philippine government signed the historic peace agreement with the Moro National Liberation Front on Sept. 2, 1996.

Sec. Carlito G. Galvez Jr., Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity, said Ramos was instrumental in laying the foundations of the comprehensive peace process.

“Under his administration, the government launched a nationwide consultation process in order to develop a strategy to engage various rebel groups in the country,” he said.

The Ramos administration created the National Unification Commission (NUC), which was primarily tasked to craft “a viable general amnesty program and process that will lead to a just, comprehensive and lasting peace,” Galvez said.

“May you find eternal peace in the hands of our Lord, Sir. You will be missed and will always be remembered by the Filipino nation for everything that you have done for our country,” he said.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) vowed to carry on with former president Fidel V. Ramos’ legacy by upholding his commitment to public service and peace.

“We shall honor his passion and exemplary commitment to public service, and continue to carry on his aspiration for a just and lasting peace in our country,” AFP acting spokesperson Col. Medel Aguilar said in a statement Sunday night.

He added that Ramos’s positive outlook and peace advocacy will always be remembered by the Filipino people.

“It was during his Presidency when the final peace accord was signed between the Philippine government and the Moro National Liberation Front,” Aguilar said.