Fidel V. Ramos

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August 12, 2022

Fidel Valdez Ramos (March 18, 1928 – July 31, 2022) was a Filipino soldier and politician. He served as President from 1992 to 1998. He served as an officer during the Korean War and also served in the Vietnam War. He is a relative of former President Ferdinand Marcos.

Life

He was born into a prestigious family in Pang Gashi Nan Province. His father was a politician who served as a member of parliament and foreign minister. He is a sixth cousin of Ferdinand Marcos, who was president from 1965 to 1986. Fidel graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, and received a Master of Business Administration from Ateneo University in Manila and a Master of Engineering from the University of Illinois, USA. He served as an officer in the Korean War, and then continued to serve in the army and served in the Vietnam War, where he was promoted to general (four-star general). He took part in a popular uprising to overthrow the dictatorship of his sixth cousin Marcos in 1986, and was appointed Chief of Staff of the Army after Marcos was overthrown and Corazon Aquino became president. He served as Defense Minister from 1988 to 1991. In 1992, he ran for and was elected as the presidential candidate of the Lacas Democratic Party, and served as president for six years from June of that year. While serving as president, he led economic growth and worked to tackle serious crime problems, but at the end of his tenure, he was somewhat hit by the effects of the Asian financial crisis. He made an official visit to the Republic of Korea in May 1993.

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