Fidel V. Ramos

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz When President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte was sworn in last June 30, 2016, the first person he introduced to the audience was former President Fidel V. Ramos, whom he credited for helping him launch his presidential candidacy. It did not then come as a surprise when Digong appointed Ramos as his special envoy to China. Immediately, Ramos went to Hong Kong to Read More …

Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua and former President Fidel V. Ramos

PerryScope By Perry Diaz President Rodrigo Duterte sent his special envoy former President Fidel V. Ramos to China to “break the ice” in the country’s freezing relationship with China. Well, Ramos didn’t promise anything but he said he was going on a “fishing expedition” and to play golf. But if there was any semblance of success, Ramos made some “progress,” telling reporters: “It’s not really Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz  Right after the Philippine Congress proclaimed Rodrigo Duterte president of the Philippines, Chinese President Xi Jinping didn’t waste any time writing a congratulatory message to him. Elated by Xi’s gesture, Duterte said, “I was honored, receiving a congratulatory message from a great president.” Several days later, Duterte — who was seemingly buoyed by Xi’s expression of goodwill — remarked that he Read More …

Imelda Marcos signs the "Tripoli Agreement" on behalf of the Philippine government in 1975 in Tripoli, Libya.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz For the past 40 years several attempts have been made to create an autonomous government for the Filipino Muslims in Mindanao. In 1975, representatives of the Philippine government and the rebel Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) met in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to discuss MNLF’s demand for autonomy. Consequently, the “Tripoli Agreement,” which called for the establishment of an autonomous region in Read More …

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COMMONSENSE By Marichu A. Villanueva   What do our country’s three former Presidents — Fidel V. Ramos (FVR), Joseph “Erap” Estrada and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) – have in common? All three of them are receiving a measly P8,000 a month in government pension. Their counterparts, former presidents of the United States like father and son George H. W. Bush and George W. ”Dubya” Bush, and Read More …

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By Paolo Romero The Philippine Star  MANILA, Philippines – Former President Fidel Ramos is blaming the administration for the standoff in Zamboanga City for failing to address the concerns of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). Speaking to reporters in Makati on Monday, Ramos said it would be wise for the government to allow international intervention to help resolve the crisis. “Why don’t you clean Read More …

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Even at 85, there’s no retirement yet for former Philippine president Fidel Ramos By Janice Ponce de Leon  Gulf News Dubai: Former Philippine President Fidel Ramos may be 85 years old but he can still challenge and beat men 60 years his junior to a gruelling full 50 push-up and sit-up public stint. He may have greyed and have officially stepped out of government office, Read More …

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Making life worth living By Ellen Tordesillas Malaya  MAKASSAR, Indonesia—Former President Fidel V. Ramos has recommended the creation of a neutral investigation on the May 9 encounter between a Philippine patrol ship and Taiwanese fishing vessel in the disputed maritime boundary that resulted in the death of a Taiwanese fisherman and sparked violent protests in Taiwan against the Philippines. Ramos also stressed that almost two Read More …

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Making life worth living By Ellen Tordesillas Malaya Just because he no longer bangs the gavel in the House of Representatives, it doesn’t mean that former House Speaker Jose de Venecia has stopped doing what he does best: gathering people of different political colors and persuasions for a common cause. He is still into forming rainbow coalitions. This time, on the global stage. JDV and Read More …

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By NESTOR MATA MALAYA ‘President Noynoy Aquino’s version of that historic event 37 years ago contradicted that of former President Fidel V. Ramos…’ PRESIDENT Noynoy Aquino called the historic event at EDSA 27 years ago, improperly, a “revolution,” while former President Fidel V. Ramos, one of the triumvirs in the movement that led to the downfall of the Marcos dictatorship, correctly named it the “people Read More …