- Former president Fidel V. Ramos accepts President Duterte’s offer
- Ramos is now the country’s special envoy to China
- He accepted the offer after getting clearance from his doctors
“Kaya natin ito (We can do this)!”
This was what former President Fidel Ramos told reporters after he accepted President Rodrigo Duterte’s offer to become the country’s special envoy to China.
In an article written by Ian Cruz and ALG of GMA News, it was disclosed that Ramos confirmed he has accepted the position during his two-hour meeting with Duterte at the Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City. Duterte’s peace adviser, Jesus Dureza, was also in the meeting. To note, Dureza was Ramos’ presidential spokesperson and assistant for Mindanao during his time.
Special envoy to China
Last July 14, during a testimonial dinner in San Juan City, Duterte revealed that he had asked Ramos to represent the country in negotiations on the territorial disputes with China.
Ramos declined to provide details of his role as special envoy to China; saying that this will be announced by Duterte or his Cabinet.
He, on the other hand, said that during the meeting, he asked Duterte’s policy position on the country’s territorial dispute with China. Ramos said he wanted this clarified before he starts his actual mission to represent Duterte and the country in China.
Earlier, Ramos cited his age and other commitments as possible reasons for being unable to accept the assignment.
The 88-year-old former president said he had three ailments. He said he has only one kidney, had a serious carotid operation, and has a new pacemaker. He, however, has since been cleared by his doctors at the Makati Medical Center to take on the job.
To note, Ramos said he accepted the offer after getting the clearance from his doctors and his wife, Amelita “Ming” Ramos.