“PH losing badly”
This is a bad case of buyer’s remorse.
It appears that former president Fidel V. Ramos is regretting his decision to support the candidacy of President Rodrigo Duterte.
In yet another stinging rebuke of the Duterte administration, the former president did not hide his disgust with what is happening in the country.
“We are losing badly and I will say it again after the relief of Marawi City of terrorists,” Ramos said yesterday during an event held in Camp Aguinaldo.
This is not the first time that Ramos criticized Duterte. In October of 2016, after the first 100 days of the Duterte administration which is considered as the “honeymoon period” of a newly-elected president, Ramos said that Duterte’s first 100 days was a big disappointment.
“We find our Team Philippines losing in the first 100 days of Du30’s administration—and losing badly. This is a huge disappointment and let-down to many of us,” Ramos wrote in his two-part column in Manila Bulletin last year.
Ramos, also known as FVR, also castigated Duterte and his officials for their trip in Russia which many citizens including Ramos himself described as a “junket” which is defined as an extravagant but unnecessary trip enjoyed by government officials using public funds.
Last February, he also slammed the government for being fond of trumpeting supposed accomplishments despite the absence of such. He termed this practice as “tokenism.”
“They make it look like they’ve accomplished something, but actually they haven’t,” FVR said.
Ramos is credited for being one of the personalities who encouraged Duterte to run as president. Duterte himself acknowledged this fact and even admits that Ramos was instrumental in his decision to join the presidential race.
But Ramos is very vocal with respect to his frustrations with the policies of the administration and takes every opportunity in venting out his feelings with regards to the state of affairs of the country.
Yesterday, he lamented how the Filipino family is being divided by the present dispensation.
“So much division among brothers and sisters in the same family that’s happening now. And what I’m saying, there’s too much division in our Filipino family for us to really reach our full potential of being competitive in the world,” the former leader said.
During the campaign period, Duterte said it is time for the country to unite. However, since assuming the presidency, the country has been further divided and this division is fueled and inspired no less by the president’s public pronouncements that promote hate and disdain at his critics who are courageous enough to oppose his policies.
However, some people in social media is taking Ramos to task for the mess that Duterte has been causing to the country. They blame the former president for his erroneous and corrupted judgment of character.
At least the former president is speaking up. Unlike the others who choose to remain quiet in the midst of the killings, the tyranny, the abuse of power, the incompetence in governance, and the overall madness we are experiencing, enabling the mass murderer in the palace to terrorize the Filipino people with impunity.
But we also agree that FVR owes us more. He should atone for his mistake by having a more active role in resisting and fighting the anti-people and repressive policies of the government that he helped install.