MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday thanked former President Fidel V. Ramos for being the first person to travel to Davao City just to convince him to run for president in the last May 9 elections.
Ramos, one of the key figures in the 1986 EDSA People’s Power revolution that toppled former President Ferdinand Marcos, was present both in the Philippine National Police (PNP) Assumption of Command and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Change of Command rites on Friday.
”President Ramos was the first Filipino who journeyed to Davao City to ask me to run and he said to me: It is high time that Mindanao should have a President. Maraming salamat sa iyo sir,” Duterte said in acknowledging the former leader.
President Duterte failed to give exact date when Ramos went to Davao City but said they met for three hours at the Marco Polo Hotel.
President Duterte said he won by a margin of at least six million because of Ramos who served as President from 1992 to 1998.
”Despite of my own misgivings about money, machinery and everything, I prevailed because of his inspiration. Salamat po, Mr. president,” Duterte said in his other speech at the PNP event at Camp Crame.
At the height of the campaign period, several photos circulated to the social media showing Ramos raising the hands of Duterte and his running mate Senator Alan Peter Cayetano.
While Ramos did not categorically said he was endorsing Duterte, the former President’s sister former senator Leticia Ramos-Shahani endorsed other presidential aspirant Senator Grace Poe.
Ramos was widely credited and admired by many people for turning the Philippine economy into “Tiger Cub Economy of Asia.”
He also served as Armed Forces chief and Secretary of National Defense under the administration of former President Corazon Aquino, mother of Duterte’s predecessor Benigno S. Aquino III. Cris Diaz / PNA / northboundasia.com