Recently, former President Fidel Ramos has resigned out of his post as special ambassador to China after President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-US comments and hostility against the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
Despite this, Duterte has come to acknowledge his differences with Ramos who had helped him during the election period. On Tuesday night, he himself admitted that his biting remarks towards the United States was not received well by the former president.
President Duterte has read former president Ramos’ letter of resignation and accepted it, nonetheless, he says this would not stop him from seeking advice from the former leader.
Duterte said, “I’d like to thank him for helping me and being of service to the nation even at his age.”
The President continues to recognize the wisdom of Ramos but goes on to say that he has his “own way of assessing” the current issues our country is facing.
He adds that he understood Ramos’ dislike over his tirades against America as he is aware of the fact that Ramos came from the premiere military school West Point or the United States Military Academy in New York.
Duterte points out, “For me it’s a matter of honor. We don’t agree on that matter. It is alright for America to criticize me on the issue of extrajudicial killings… What I don’t like is America’s treatment of us. They treat us as if we’re very desperate.”
The President also clarifies that there is no tension between him and the former president.
Ernesto Abella, presidential spokesperson, had also stated that the resignation letter had been “itself civil and respectful.”
Ramos had written, “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 of our Team Philippines of 100.5 million Filipinos that you now lead.”