The more than century old record of topnotch commentaries that the Manila Bulletin has established takes on an even greater height as former President Fidel V. Ramos begins today a weekly Sunday column on important issues in the interest of the nation.
President Ramos was born on March 18, 1928 in Lingayen, Pangasinan. As the 12th President of the Republic of the Philippines (1992-1998), President Ramos is remembered for steadfastly promoting the principles of people empowerment and global competitiveness.
He served successively as Chief of Staff of the First Philippine Civic Action Group to Vietnam, Chief of the Philippine Constabulary, Director-General of the Integrated National Police, Vice Chief of Staff and Acting Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Military Leader of the People Power (EDSA) Revolution of 1986, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and Secretary of National Defense and Chairman of the National Disaster Coordinating Council.
President Ramos is a Founding Member of the Policy Advisory Commission-World Intellectual Property Organization (PAC-WIPO), Honorary Member of the World Commission on Water for the 21st Century, and Chairman Emeritus of the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) Party.
In 1950, President Ramos graduated from the United States Military Academy (USMA) in West Point New York, USA, and in 2000, was awarded by the USMA the Distinguished Graduate Award. …