- Former President Fidel Ramos has expressed disappointment in Rodrigo Duterte's 100-day presidency through his column on Saturday, October 8
- According to the former president, the country could have done much better, but it is not yet too late for Duterte
- He urged the president to focus less on controversies and his cursing skills in the next 100 days
On Saturday, October 8, Fidel Ramos, former president and a known benefactor of President Rodrigo Duterte, has expressed his disappointment at how little the president's achievements were after his first 100 days.
In his column, the former president had written,"THIS IS A HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT ..."
Ramos had categorically opined that the Philippines is "losing badly" in the first 100 days of Duterte's administration. He cited two primordial concepts - Leadership and Teamwork - where "obvious failures have emerged" in light of the current presidency.
FVR also berated Duterte's fixation on the controversies revolving around the killings in his drug war and in manifesting his skills in cursing and hurling insults.
"OF COURSE, WE ARE TALKING ONLY OF THE FIRST 100 DAYS. WE DO NOT INDICATE HERE A WISH-LIST OF OUR HIGHEST ASPIRATIONS TO BE ACHIEVED IN THE 6 YEARS OF THE PRESIDENT’S TERM – BUT ONLY WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN DO-ABLE BY P. DIGONG, IF HE HAD HIT THE GROUND RUNNING INSTEAD OF BEING STUCK IN UNENDING CONTROVERSIES ABOUT EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLINGS OF DRUG SUSPECTS AND IN HIS ABILITY AT USING CUSS-WORDS AND INSULTS INSTEAD OF CIVILIZED LANGUAGE.
In his column, FVR also nodded to Senator Dick Gordon who called out Duterte for being "noisy" and "repetitive".
He had also taken the opportunity to hit Duterte's imperfect timing on the controversial Hitler quip, and for hurling it out at the same time the great Jewish leader, President Shimon Peres, is being put to his final resting place.
Towards the end of this first of two-part assessment, Ramos had seen himself fit to urge Duterte to promote a better, more unified, and less problematic leadership in the next 100 days, even as he bewailed Duterte's "on-and-off" signals regarding the Philippine-US relations, which are damaging decades of efforts for "MILITARY PARTNERSHIP, TACTICAL PROFICIENCY, COMPATIBLE WEAPONRY, PREDICTABLE LOGISTICS, AND SOLDIER-TO-SOLDIER CAMARADERIE."