Fidel Ramos, Former Philippine Leader Who Helped Oust Marcos, Dies at 94

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The late former president of the Philippines, Fidel Valdez Ramos, was a combatant in the Korean and Vietnam wars and a political survivor who rose from a high-ranking security position under Ferdinand Marcos Sr. to win the election for the position of the country’s highest office. He was 94.

Ramos rose to fame as a result of his defection from the Marcos administration, where he oversaw the national police, which ultimately led to the dictator’s overthrow in the 1986 uprising against his rule.

Others, however, would never forget or forgive him for his part in the imposition of martial law during the Marcos regime.

Ramos, who became famous in later years for smoking unlit cigars, narrowly defeated Corazon Aquino in a contested election to succeed Marcos. Ramos won less than 23 percent of the popular vote, but he quickly reached 66 percent support, and his presidency is regarded as one of peace, stability, and growth.

“On this sad day, our family grieves alongside the people of the Philippines. We lost a family member in addition to a capable leader, “President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who was just elected, said in a statement.

“Our grateful nation will always cherish and forever enshrine his presidency in its hearts,” the statement continued.
Ramos, also known as FVR, served as a platoon leader in the Korean War in the 1950s while attending the US Military Academy at West Point. He led the Philippine Civil Action Group in Vietnam in the latter half of the 1960s.

From second lieutenant to commander-in-chief, Ramos served in every position in the Philippine army. He frequently boasted, “No soft jobs for Ramos,” maintaining his military bearing and swagger.
The son of the former diplomat became the sole Methodist official in the predominantly Roman Catholic nation.

His six-year administration deregulated and liberalized the economy of the nation, allowing for foreign investment.

Ramos dismantled monopolies in the communications and transportation industries. Through the use of unique powers granted by Congress, he revived the nation’s failing electricity industry and put an end to the crippling 12-hour power outages that had been occurring.

His six-year administration deregulated and liberalized the economy of the nation, allowing for foreign investment.

Ramos dismantled monopolies in the communications and transportation industries. Through the use of unique powers granted by Congress, he revived the nation’s failing electricity industry and put an end to the crippling 12-hour power outages that had been occurring.

 

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