Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said former President Fidel Ramos – the government’s special envoy to China – will not be joining President Rodrigo Duterte in his trip to Beijing this month. “Noong nag-usap po kami ni former President Fidel V. Ramos noong nakaraang Sabado, ang sinabi niya po hindi siya sasama,” Andanar said in a news briefing in Malacañang on Thursday.
Ramos reportedly did not give his reason for not joining the trip but Andanar believes that it would be to give way to Duterte. “I believe it was about giving respect to our current President Rodrigo Duterte. Sapagkat kung dalawang presidente po ang pupunta doon, siyempre, posibleng mahati iyong atensyon,” Andanar explained. Earlier, Ramos, in an opinion article, said the current administration’s first 100 days is a Philippine’s “let down” because of the controversial rhetoric of Duterte, against international allies and various human right groups, prompting investors to pull back their money in the market.
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