Former Philippine President Fidel Ramos Dies at 94

Former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos died on Sunday at the age of 94.

Ramos’ family confirmed his death on Sunday.

“The Ramos family is profoundly saddened to announce the passing of former President Fidel Valdez Ramos. We thank you all for respecting our privacy, as the family takes some time to grieve together,” Ramos’ family said.

Norman Legaspi, Ramos’ long-time aide, said that Ramos died at the Makati Medical Center and that he had suffered from a heart condition and dementia.

The Philippine Office of the Press Secretary expressed condolences to Ramos’ family.

“It is with great sorrow that we learn of the passing of former President Fidel V. Ramos. He leaves behind a colorful legacy and a secure place in history for his participation in the great changes of our country, both as [a] military officer and chief executive. We deeply condole with his family, friends, classmates, and associates and keep him in our prayers,” Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles said.

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. also expressed his family’s condolences.

“Our family shares the Filipino people’s grief on this sad day. We did not only lose a good leader but also a member of the family. The legacy of his presidency will always be cherished and will be forever enshrined in the hearts of our grateful nation,” Marcos said.

Known as “FVR” and “Steady Eddie”, Ramos held every rank in the Philippine army, from the second lieutenant to the commander-in-chief.

Ramos led the Philippine police force when they defected from Ferdinand Marcos Sr.’s government, bringing him down in the popular uprising against his regime in 1986.

During his tenure, Ramos ended monopolies in the transportation and communications sectors, and the Philippine economy grew as poverty rates fell to 31% from 39% through his Social Reform Agenda.

Ramos also signed a peace agreement with the Islamic separatists of the Moro National Liberation Front in 1996, reducing the number of Maoist-led guerrillas to more than 5,400 rebels from 25,000 in early 1986.

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