- Former Pres. Fidel Ramos says that Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and VP Leni Robredo must work together
- He emphasized the need to reach out to rival groups for the sake of national unity
- Duterte and Robredo met for the first time after winning the elections during the AFP turnover ceremony
Former President Fidel Ramos welcomed the assumption into office of newly-installed President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo, noting that the two working together is what the country needs.
Asked to comment on Duterte and Robredo’s first meeting since winning the May 9 elections, Ramos emphasized the need for unity.
“That’s good because this is the Philippines now getting together as one team. That’s what we need to compete in the world,” he told ABS-CBN News.
The two highest officers in the land met for the first time during the official turnover ceremony of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in the Camp Aguinaldo Parade Grounds in Quezon City. The two were seen exchanging pleasantries.
Following the meeting, Robredo said she is hoping to finally be able to meet the President in Malacañang.
Earlier, Duterte had insisted on holding two separate inauguration rites for him and the Vice President. He had also chosen not to give Robredo any Cabinet post—the first case of a VP not being part of the President’s official family since 1961.
Duterte and Robredo come from opposing parties.
However, former President Ramos highlighted the importance of reaching out to rival parties for the benefit of the country.
“The leader must consider that among his first priorities is to reach out and embrace the opposition, no matter how bitter they may have been during the electoral campaign…because that is the way to heal the wounds and to build up the team, and therefore, to prosper the nation,” he said.