- Fidel V. Ramos was the first to be mentioned during President Rodrigo Duterte’s inaugural speech
- The former president was the first person to ask Duterte to run for president
- Duterte’s anti-crime drive was inspired by Ramos
Fidel V. Ramos, the 12th president of the Philippines, has turned out to be one of President Rodrigo Duterte’s fiercest supporters - he pushed the former Davao City Mayor to run for the highest position in the land.
However, it was not clear who the former president endorsed for during the campaign period. He was seen posing for pictures with Duterte, as well as with another presidential candidate – Grace Poe.
It has been reported that Poe sought Ramos for his advice during the photo op, but failed to get his support.
During the current president’s inaugural speech on June 30, the former president was notably the first to be mentioned.
“President Fidel Ramos, sir, thank you for your help in making me president,” he said.
Prior to assuming his position, Duterte shared that Ramos was the first person to ask him to run for the 2016 presidential elections. The former president immediately flew to Davao City, and the two had a three-hour meeting at the Marco Polo Hotel.
Ramos claimed that it was about time that the Philippines have a president coming from Mindanao. Despite his qualms over the position, Duterte said that he was inspired by Ramos to push through for his candidacy.
He also stated that his anti-crime campaign was inspired by the former president as well, and he has personal orders from the ‘No. 1 policeman’ to “do what is good for the country.”
Later on, he joked that the police should blame Ramos instead of him, since he was just following orders.
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