Fidel V. Ramos

President of the Philippines from 1992 to 1998 Fidel V. Ramos

Fidel "Eddie" Valdez Ramos, GCMG, popularly known as FVR, was the 12th President of the Philippines from 1992 to 1998. During his six years in office, Ramos was widely credited and admired by many for revitalizing and renewing international confidence in the Philippine economy.
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Ally Criticizes Philippine President Duterte's Early Leadership
Wall Street Journal - over 1 year
Ex-President Fidel Ramos expressed disappointment over the newly elected leader’s performance so far, citing controversies over vigilante killings and foul language.
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Japan warns China of deteriorating ties over East China Sea dispute - Reuters
Google News - over 1 year
Reuters Japan warns China of deteriorating ties over East China Sea dispute Reuters TOKYO/WASHINGTON Japan warned China on Tuesday that ties were deteriorating over disputed East China Sea islets, and China's envoy in Tokyo reiterated Beijing's stance that the specks of land were its territory and called for talks to resolve the dispute. US Destroyer Visit Latest Twist in China-US Military TiesNew York Times Japan says ties with China 'deteriorating' over disputed islandsBBC News Former Philippine President Fidel Ramos talks China tiesWashington Post Christian Science Monitor -Daily Mail -Channel NewsAsia -The Japan Times all 210 news articles »
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PH President to visit Canada, US
CNN iReport - almost 3 years
PHILIPPINE President Benigno Aquino III is scheduled to visit Canada and the United States next month, a Palace official announced on Friday. Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a statement that President Aquino has accepted the invitation of Canadian Governor David Johnston to undertake a state visit from May 7 to 9. "President Aquino and his Canadian counterpart, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, are expected to witness the signing of bilateral agreements on labor cooperation, development assistance and infrastructure development, which will highlight the vibrancy of people-to-people relations,” she said. President Aquino’s trip to Canada will be the first state visit of a Philippine president since former President Fidel Ramos’ visit in 1997. Valte said the President is also expected to make a one-day working visit to the US to meet with potential investors and with the Filipino community in Chicago.
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True or false: Was 1972 Enrile ambush faked?
Inquirer Business - over 5 years
Did he or did he not fake his ambush 40 years ago?   In response to numerous requests from our readers, the Inquirer did a fact-check on a controversial claim that the Senate president made in his newly published book, “Juan Ponce Enrile: A Memoir.”   Enrile, the martial law administrator of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos, said in his book that the ambush on his convoy on the night of Sept. 22, 1972, was not staged—a turnaround from what the then defense secretary disclosed during a historic press conference on Feb. 23, 1986, when he and then Lt. Gen. Fidel V. Ramos announced their revolt against Marcos.   In other interviews with certain foreign cor... Keep on reading: True or false: Was 1972 Enrile ambush faked?
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Surveil -- Amina Rasul: Jesse’s footprints
Business World - over 5 years
I FIRST MET Jesse Robredo in 1993. Then President Fidel V. Ramos asked me to help organize the LAKAS NUCD-UMDP Party’s Youth Wing with Pangasinan Vice-Governor Ranjit Shahani. FVR told me to get in touch with a popular young mayor of Naga, who had impressed him very much as a leader to watch. That was Jesse Robredo.
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A workable plan - Manila Standard Today
Google News - over 6 years
Since the administration of former President Fidel Ramos, there have been proposals led by then-Nueva Ecija Rep. Renato Diaz to move the Bilibid prison from Muntinlupa to Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija. Ramos initially supported it but when crunch time
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Wanted: Water czar - Philippine Star
Google News - over 6 years
Vargas said the best model to pattern this after is the MWSS privatization program carried out by former President Fidel Ramos. The two Maynilad executives credited Ramos for having averted the looming water crisis in Metro Manila
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P-Noy's modernization policy - Philippine Star
Google News - over 6 years
Having once headed the military as AFP chief of staff, former President Fidel Ramos started the ball rolling for the AFP modernization program. Large tracts of prime real estate of the AFP around its military camps were sold and privatized during the
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The trouble with hello - BusinessWorld Online
Google News - over 6 years
Cory Aquino's six-year term as first President after the momentous People Power EDSA Revolution of 1986 had just ended, and it was the turn of Fidel Ramos to be President, in the fading euphoria of the country's deliverance from the 14-year dictator
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Of historical, religious and community concerns - Inquirer.net
Google News - over 6 years
By VP Vamenta Today is one of the more significant historical days in this National Language Month of August as declared by former President Fidel Ramos 1997, with President Manuel Quezon, considered the Father of the Philippine National Language
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Huffing and puffing - Inquirer.net
Google News - over 6 years
FIDEL RAMOS has a piece of advice to give P-Noy: Stop the witch-hunt against the Arroyo regime. “These investigations,” he says, “are not (creating) a pretty picture for us. It is not very attractive to those who want to invest and travel to the
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Palace snubs Ramos warning about 'witch-hunt' vs Arroyo - GMANews.TV
Google News - over 6 years
Malacañang on Saturday rebuffed former President Fidel Ramos' warning over a supposed “witch-hunt" against the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo administration, saying the “search for accountability" had been one of President Benigno Aquino III's campaign
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Ramos wishes GMA full recovery from ailment - Philippine Star
Google News - over 6 years
MANILA, Philippines - Former President Fidel Ramos on Thursday wished former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's full recovery from her present ailment
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Ex-Pres. Fidel Ramos gets honorary doctorate in Tokyo - GMANews.TV
Google News - over 6 years
Former Philippine President Fidel Ramos received an honorary doctorate in International Studies from the JF Oberlin University Yotsuya campus in Tokyo, Japan. The Philippine Embassy in Tokyo said JF Oberlin President Toyoshi Satow conferred the award
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Pay, pray, obey - Philippine Star
Google News - over 6 years
After Fidel Ramos the Protestant and Joseph Estrada the man who loved wine, women and gambling, the CBCP was ecstatic to have a devoutly Catholic president who started her day with prayer at the Malacañang chapel, who was always photographed attending
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Pangasinan sets sight hosting Palarong Pambansa next year - Philippine Information Agency
Google News - over 6 years
He added that the only time Pangasinan hosted the Palarong Pambansa was in 1995 when one of the province's most prominent sons, Fidel Ramos, was president of the Philippines. If Pangasinan succeeds in its bid to host next year's event, the games will
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Senate blue ribbon body calls for changes in PCSO fund approval, use - Inquirer.net
Google News - over 6 years
... saying that not all cities, towns and provinces requested for these vehicles since these areas still have operational ambulances which were part of donations doled out by the PCSO during the term of former President Fidel Ramos
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    FORTIES
  • 2011
    Ramos is also a firm backer of the proposed Philippine Reproductive Health bill. During a meet-up with fellow RH bill supporters last May 2011, he urged President Benigno Aquino III to certify the RH bill as urgent, saying it is the "right thing" to do.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    Accusations were not proven to the level of Ramos but the Supreme Court ultimately voided the PEA-AMARI sale for being unconstitutional, and in early August 2008, the Sandiganbayan suspended four government auditors and five PEA officials for their role in the anomalous deal.
  • 2006
    Ramos was heavily recommended for the position of the United Nations envoy to Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) in June 2006.
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  • 2005
    At the height of the election-rigging scandal in July 2005, Ramos publicly convinced President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo not to resign from office.
  • 2001
    In January 2001, Ramos was instrumental in the success of the so-called second EDSA Revolution that deposed the properly elected Philippine president Joseph Estrada and placed then-Vice President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the presidential seat.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    In February 1999, the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee of the 11th Congress recommended the prosecution of ex-President Ramos and eight others for “technical malversation or misapplication of public funds” in connection with Centennial Expo scam, a recommendation not approved by the Senate, but pursued in the Sandigan Bayan against 6 of his high-ranking officials who were eventually exonerated.
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  • 1998
    Ramos appeared before a Congressional Committee in October 1998 to help exonerate said officials of any wrongdoing.
    Supposedly, one of his notable contributions to the Philippines was the revival of nationalistic spirit by embarking on a massive promotion campaign for the centennial of Philippine Independence celebrated on June 12, 1998.
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  • 1997
    Leftist groups have also criticized Ramos for his economic reforms such as privatization, deregulation and trade liberalization, claiming that the economic growth posted during his presidency was "artificial." They blamed him for the slowdown of the Philippine economy during the 1997 East Asian financial crisis.
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    The 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, which started in Thailand, was a major blow to the Ramos administration.
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    However, the momentum in the economic gains made under his administration was briefly interrupted during the onset of the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis.
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  • 1996
    Ramos, a military general himself, made peace with the rebel panels. He was instrumental in the signing of the final peace agreement between the government and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) led by Nur Misuari in 1996.
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    In 1996 Ramos signed a bill that returned capital punishment with the electric chair (method used from 1923 to 1976, making Philippines the only country to do so outside U.S.) "until the gas chamber could be installed".
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    To ensure a positive financial outlook on the Philippines, Ramos led the 4th Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Summit in the Philippines on November 1996.
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  • 1995
    On the eve of his 67th birthday on March 17, 1995, Ramos was on a foreign trip when Flor Contemplación was hanged in Singapore.
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  • 1993
    The Ramos government continued signing IPP contracts even after the power crisis had been considered solved by the end of 1993.
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  • 1992
    Ramos, who was also hounded by charges of electoral fraud during the 1992 elections which were never proven in the Supreme Court, repeatedly stated that the scandal is nowhere as grave as that of People Power Revolutions of 1986 and 2001, citing factors such as the stagnant Philippine economy in the final years of the Marcos regime as well as the allegedly massive corruption of the Estrada administration.
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    Mr. De Los Santos alleged that Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi had channeled $200,000 (5 million pesos) to Ramos' 1992 election campaign.
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    During his State of the Nation address on July 27, 1992, he requested that the Congress enact a law that would create an Energy Department that would plan and manage the Philippines' energy demands.
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    He won the seven-way race on May 11, 1992, narrowly defeating popular Agrarian Reform Secretary Miriam Defensor Santiago. Despite winning, he garnered only 23.58% of the vote, the lowest plurality in the country's history. The election results were marred by allegations of fraud. These allegations were resurrected when Wikileaks, in September 2011, released US Embassy reports that Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi contributed Php5 million to finance Ramos’s campaign.
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    It is during this assignment where he forged his lifelong friendship with his junior officer Maj. José T. Almonte, who went on to become his National Security Advisor throughout during his administration from 1992 to 1998.
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  • 1991
    In December 1991, Ramos declared his candidacy for President.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1987
    During his final years in office, Ramos tried to amend the country's 1987 constitution; a process popularly known to many Filipinos as Charter Change or the so-called "Cha-Cha".
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  • 1986
    During the historic 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution, Ramos was hailed as a hero by many Filipinos for his decision to breakaway from the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos and pledge allegiance and loyalty to the newly established government of President Aquino.
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    Prior to his election as President, Ramos served in the Cabinet of President Corazón Aquino, first as chief-of-staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), chief of Integrated National Police, and later on, as Secretary of National Defense from 1986 to 1991.
  • 1983
    When Ver was implicated in the 21 August 1983 assassination of former opposition Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr., Ramos became Acting AFP Chief of Staff until Ver's reinstatement in 1985 after he was acquitted of charges related to the killing. Ramos at this time also formed the Special Action Force of the Philippine Constabulary to deal with terrorist-related crimes. On 22 February 1986, Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile protested alleged fraud committed by Marcos in the 1986 snap elections, withdrawing support and triggering the non-violent People Power Revolution.
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    On 8 August 1983, during a speech in Camp Crame to commemorate Philippine Constabulary Day, Marcos announced his removal of Defense Secretary Juan Ponce Enrile from the chain of command, and the creation of a new arrangement with himself as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces until AFP Chief of Staff Ver.
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  • 1982
    Thus, Ramos, Marcos' cousin was named AFP Vice-Chief of staff in 1982, became the military's second most powerful official after Ver and receiving the rank of three-star general.
  • 1981
    Due to his accomplishments, Ramos became one of the candidates to become the new chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in 1981, to replace retiring General Romeo Espino. longest Martial law, chief of staff.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1972
    Ramos headed the Philippine Constabulary, then a major service branch of the Armed Forces, that acted as the country's national police until 1972, when Ferdinand Marcos imposed Martial Law.
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  • OTHER
  • 1954
    He married Amelita Martinez on 21 October 1954, and together they have five daughters: Angelita Ramos-Jones, Josephine Ramos-Samartino, Carolina Ramos-Sembrano, Cristina Ramos-Jalasco and Gloria Ramos.
  • 1950
    Ramos went to the United States Military Academy at West Point, and he graduated in 1950.
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  • 1928
    Fidel Ramos was born on March 18, 1928 in Lingayen, Pangasinan.
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