By Rjhay E. Laurea
MANILA — Vice President Sara Z. Duterte believes the country lost a peacemaker with the passing of former President Fidel V. Ramos.
Duterte in her official statement said that Ramos signed a peace agreement with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), which ended the 24-year Moro armed revolution headed by Nur Misuari and made Ramos one of the ultimate peacemakers during that time.
“I am one with the whole nation in grieving over the loss of a leader who, during his presidency, made peace possible in Mindanao. In 1996, he signed the peace agreement with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), which ended the 24-year Moro armed revolution headed by Nur Misuari,” Duterte said in her official statement.
She said, aside from advocating lasting peace in Mindanao, FVR aggressively championed Filipino competitiveness in the global arena and through his socio-economic agenda called ‘Philippines 2000’, liberalized the country’s economy — resulting in significant improvements in the average income of Filipino workers.
“He was a real patriot — one who encouraged men and women in uniform to value their integrity as public servants,” Duterte said.
Sec. Jing Paras extends condolences
Meanwhile, former President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s political adviser Secretary Jing Paras, one of the original members of Lakas-CMD, also extended his condolences to the family of the former president saying that despite his advanced age, FVR continued to serve our country as senior adviser to many administrations.
“He is a great loss to our country being one of the greatest pillars of statesmanship and good governance,” Paras said.
“May we find inspiration from FVR’s life and the immensity of the legacy that he built out of his love of country and fellow Filipinos,” the vice president further said.
Aside from Duterte and Paras, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) also mourns with the Filipino nation on the passing of former President Fidel V. Ramos who unfortunately passed this Sunday, July 31, 2022, at the age of 94.
“On behalf of the DILG and its attached agencies, we offer our prayers and sincerest condolences to the bereaved family, loved ones, and supporters of the late former president who have left an imprint of good public service within the walls and history of our nation,” DILG Secretary Benhur Abalos said in a statement
“FVR’s legacy of good governance will serve as a beacon of inspiration as we aim to deliver the highest quality of public service to the people we serve,” Abalos further said. (ai/mtvn)