'A war hero and an innovator': Tolentino gives tribute to late president Fidel Ramos

"A war hero and an innovator in his own right."

The late president Fidel V. Ramos (Reuters photo)

This was how Senator Francis Tolentino described the late former President Fidel Ramos, who passed away on Sunday, July 31.

“I join the nation in mourning the passing of former President Fidel Valdez Ramos. Former President Ramos is best known for leading our country's transition towards the 21st century through his socio-economic flagship program, ‘Philippines 2000," Tolentino said.

The former president passed away at the age of 94.

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"The economic reforms implemented during his presidency, especially in breaking the decades-old monopolies led our nation towards a new era and paved way for the Philippines to be called as 'Asia’s Next Tiger,'" he added.

"As a seasoned soldier, former President Ramos envisioned long-lasting peace and stability in our country, particularly in the conflict-thorned Mindanao which culminated in the signing of the 1996 Peace Treaty between the government and the Moro National Liberation Front, ending over three-decades of conflict and instability in the region," Tolentino said.

"The Filipino nation is beyond fortunate to have had a brilliant statesman-soldier, a staunch nationalist, and a dedicated public servant. Rest in peace, Mr. President," the senator concluded.