Philippines: Former President Fidel Ramos, key man in the overthrow of dictator Ferdinand Marcos, dies


Philippine former president Fidel Ramoskey man in the overthrow of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 1986, when he was chief of Police, He passed away this Sunday at the age of 94.according to the public network PTV.

Ramos, a career military man, unknowingly started the People’s Power Revolution in 1986 when he was chief of the National Police and barricaded himself in the police headquarters in Manila and people protected the building to avoid a military attack after the call of a Catholic cardinal.

The confinement sought to denounce electoral fraud with which Marcos wanted to stay in power and led to the fall of the dictatorial regime.

After the revolt, Ramos was Chief of the Army General Staff in the first pro-democratic government, led by Corazón Aquino, widow of the opponent Benigno Aquino Jr., assassinated during the Marcos regime.

In 1992 Ramos won the first presidential elections held under the new democratic constitution.still in force, and is credited with the subsequent rapid economic growth, cut short by the economic crisis in Southeast Asia in 1997.

Ramos was born on March 18, 1928 in Lingayén, in the province of Pangasinán, north of the capital. He was the son of the diplomat Narciso and the teacher Ángela. He graduated from the American officers’ school at West Point in 1950. and completed his training with studies in Civil Engineering, National Security and Business Administration, highlighted the Ramos Foundation.

He entered the Army and was on reconnaissance missions and in the special forces. He rose through the ranks until he was appointed chief of the Philippine Police in 1972. Three years later he was also appointed General Director of the National Police.

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He was the first Protestant president of the Philippines, a country with a Catholic majority.signed a new military agreement with the United States after President Aquino promoted the expulsion of the US Army from the country in 1991.

In 1996, Ramos reached a peace agreement with the Moro National Liberation Front that ended 25 years of conflict and boosted economic relations with Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei.

In 1997 Corazon Aquino Cardinal Jaime Sin succeeded with protests prevent Ramos from reforming the Constitution in order to stand for re-election.

Even after his term ended, he remained influential and was one of the first to encourage the then Mayor of Davao, Rodrigo Duterteto stand in the 2016 presidential elections. He was Duterte’s special envoy for China but later he distanced himself from the president and said he was “hugely disappointed.”


Reference-aristeguinoticias.com

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