State funeral to be held for FVR on 9 August

Fidel Ramos, former president of the Philippines answers questions from journalists at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, 27 July 2005. Ramos said that embattled President Gloria Arroyo should be allowed to run as prime minister under the new parliamentary system she has proposed. “She should be allowed to run because for now she is innocent of any of the charges until proven otherwise,” he said. AFP PHOTO/TENGKU BAHAR (Photo by TENGKU BAHAR / AFP)

The Philippine government will hold a state funeral for former President Fidel V. Ramos on Tuesday, 9 August, Malacañang announced on 3 August.

In a Palace press briefing, Press Secretary Trixie Cruz Angeles said holding a state funeral is the “right of the family of the deceased president”.

“So, he will be accorded a state funeral with full military honors,” Angeles told reporters.

Citing “security reasons”, Angeles declined to disclose when President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. intends to visit the wake of the former chief executive, who passed away at the age of 94.

Ramos, a former military general, served as president from 1992 to 1998, succeeding the late former president Corazon Aquino.

Ramos also served as the Secretary of National Defense from 1988 to 1991, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines from 1986 to 1988, and Chief of the Philippine Constabulary from 1972 to 1986.

The late Philippine leader was a key figure in the pro-democracy uprising that ousted Marcos Jr.’s father, the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr.

He is also remembered as the founder of the PNP Special Action Force (SAF) and the Philippine Army’s Special Forces Regiment.

Marcos Jr. has declared 31 July to 9 August 2022 as national days of mourning following Ramos’s demise.

The Office of the President on Monday released Proclamation No. 33 to honor Ramos for 10 days.

Marcos Sr.’s paternal grandfather, Fabian Marcos, and Ramos’ maternal grandmother, Crispina Marcos-Valdez, were siblings.

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