Fidel Valdez Ramos
August 19, 2022
Fidel Valdez Ramos (Lingayén, Philippines, March 18, 1928 - Makati, Philippines, July 31, 2022) was a Filipino military and politician, president of the Philippines between 1992 and 1998, as well as having served as minister of Defense, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Director of the Philippine National Police. He was part of the government of Ferdinand Marcos between 1980 and 1986, but after the 1986 elections, in which the Philippine dictator tried to impose himself through "electoral fraud", Ramos resigned with Juan Ponce Enrile and he returned to participate in the coup d'état that led the "EDSA Revolution", thus deposing the Marcos regime. He later became a notorious ally of Ferdinand Marcos' successor to the presidency, Corazón Aquino, serving as Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Minister of Defense, being elected as her successor in 1992 , to become president of the Philippines. His government was characterized by notable economic and technological growth, as well as a progressive process of political, legal and institutional reorganization in the Philippines, accompanied by several projects and programs in the fields of construction, education and social. However, he was not without controversy, with decisions such as his support for the death penalty or his attempt to negotiate with the paramilitary group Nou Exèrcit del Poble. Equally notorious were the Clark Centennial Expo scandal and the PEA-Amari scandal. On the other hand, the Agrarian Reform, as well as many attempts at economic incentive served to increase the Philippine economic position. Likewise, he had to avoid the Asian financial crisis of 1997, as well as carry out the celebration for the centenary of the independence of the Philippines.