Ramos became a hero to many for defecting from the Marcos regime. He led the National Police and spurred the dictator’s downfall during a popular uprising against his rule in 1986.
But others have neither forgiven nor forgotten his role in enforcing martial law under the Marcos regime.
“Our family shares the grief of the Filipino people on this sad day. President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said in a statement.
“His presidency legacy will always be cherished and forever enshrined in the hearts of our grateful nation.”
Ramos, known as FVR, attended the Military Academy at West Point and fought as a platoon leader in the Korean War in the 1950s. He served in Vietnam in his late 1960s as a Filipino Civic Action Group leader.
Ramos has held all ranks in the Philippine Armed Forces, from second lieutenant to commander-in-chief. He never lost his military demeanor and confidence, boasting more than once that “there are no soft jobs for Ramos.”
The former diplomat’s son became the only Methodist leader in a predominantly Roman Catholic country.
His six-year government opened the country’s economy to foreign investment through deregulation and liberalization policies.
Ramos has dismantled monopolies in the transport and communications sectors. Through special powers granted by Congress, he restored a debilitating power sector and ended his debilitating 12-hour blackout that plagued the country.
During his tenure, the economy grew rapidly and poverty rates fell from 39% to 31% through a social reform agenda.
During her time in the army, Ramos fought right-wing, left-wing, and Islamic rebels, but then all “enemies of the state,” including rogues who attempted to depose Aquino nearly ten times during her tenure. He negotiated peace with
He signed a peace deal with the Islamic separatists of the Moro National Liberation Front in 1996, successfully reducing the number of Maoist-led guerrillas from 25,000 in early 1986 to more than 5,400.
Ramos was a multi-tasking workaholic and a fine motor leader. When he was a military commander, he played golf and jogged at the same time, chasing a ball. His early morning jogging was legendary among his staff officers and, at 80, he would still jump to recreate what he did during the 1986 mutiny.