President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. paid a visit to the late President Fidel V. Ramos’s memorial at Taguig City’s Heritage Park on Thursday. Marcos appeared at the funeral at about 10:20 a.m., according to Jhomer Apresto’s report on Super Radyo dzBB.
Interviewed by the media, Marcos stated that he came to convey his condolences to Ramos’ family, noting their connection. Marcos’ close uncle is Ramos.
Marcos reportedly remembered how Ramos became a “symbol of stability” for the nation.
“I just reminded Mrs. Ramos on how FVR, when he became president, was a symbol of stability after all the tumultuous events of 1986. When he came into the presidency, he brought calm and he brought stability to our country” Marcos added. “And for that, we will always be grateful to him and for all his service all throughout his life as a soldier and as a public servant,” he continued.
According to Malacañang, Ramos, who died at the age of 94, would be given a proper burial on August 9. On Sunday, July 31, his family confirmed his demise.
Marcos has announced a national day of mourning and his condolences to Ramos’ family. He also urged Filipinos to pray for the former president’s everlasting rest. Ramos presided over the country from 1992 until 1998.
Among those who came to Ramos’ funeral on Thursday morning was Executive Secretary Atty. According to Apresto’s report, Victor Rodriguez, Energy Secretary Rafael Lotilla, Labor Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma, Speaker Martin Romualdez, Special Assistant also to President Antonio Lagdameo Jr., Senator Francis Tolentino, Senator Ramon Revilla Jr. and wife, Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado, former Senate President Vicente Sotto III, and former Vice President Leni Robredo.