Former President Ramos dies at 94

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, Jully 31) — Former President Fidel V. Ramos has died at age 94, his family confirmed in an official statement on Sunday.

“The Ramos family is profoundly saddened to announce the passing of former President Fidel Valdez Ramos,” his grandson, Sam Ramos-Jones, said.

“We thank you all for respecting our privacy, as the family takes some time to grieve together. We will announce wake and funeral arrangements in the near future,” he added.

Sen. Imee Marcos earlier shared on her social media a postcard with Ramos’ photo with texts that read, “Rest In Peace Former President Fidel V. Ramos 1928-2022.”

Ramos’ mother is the first cousin of late former president Ferdinand E. Marcos’ father, Mariano.

The Office of the Press Secretary also sent condolences to the people Ramos has left behind.

“The Office of the Press Secretary condoles with the bereaved family, friends, and loved ones of former President Fidel V. Ramos, who passed away on Sunday, July 31, 2022,” it said in a statement.

Popularly known as FVR, Ramos served as the country's 12th president from 1992 to 1998.

He had a long career in government, serving as chief of the Philippine Constabulary, the predecessor of the Philippine National Police from 1972 to 1986 under then President Marcos. He was a key figure in the 1986 People Power Revolution before becoming Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines from 1986 to 1988 under President Corazon Aquino.

Ramos served as Defense Secretary from 1988 until 1991 before being elected as President in 1992.

Ramos earned a degree in Civil Engineering from the National University. He also studied at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

He married Amelita Martinez in 1954 and had five children.