FORMER president Fidel V. Ramos continues to have “solid and respectful” ties with the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.
In his regular press briefing yesterday at Malacañang, Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella read an excerpt from the “civil” resignation letter of Ramos wherein he supposedly affirmed his support for the government.
“Given that your state visit to the PROC was officially wide-ranging, which has resulted in renewed bilateral relations between our two countries, kindly allow me to step down as the special envoy of the President to the People’s Republic of China. We’d like to believe that the efforts of our team of the special envoy played a modest but productive role in the breaking of the ice that led to your successful visit,” Ramos wrote, as quoted by Abella.
“This letter is my resignation as your special envoy to China. But more, important, it is also an affirmation of my full support of the national interests and general well-being of our team Philippines, of the 100.5 million Filipinos that you now lead.”
Abella said based on the letter, “the former president FVR continued to have a solid and respectful relationship as we course a new phase in our evolution as a nation and the Filipino society.”
He added that the President is thankful to the elder statesman for serving the country despite his age.
Duterte also promised that he “will listen to the former president's advice although he will continue also to pursue his own track,” Abella said.
Ramos was named special envoy to China in July, days after the Philippines won an international arbitral ruling against China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea.
He accepted the offer and traveled to Hong Kong to meet some officials and old friends in the Chinese government.