- Former president resigned as Duterte’s special envoy to China
- He said he has done his job to break the ice between China and PH
- He also vowed to stick with Duterte admin and give out ‘friendly advice’ from time to time
- Palace said it has not yet received FVR’s resignation, added he is still very much needed
MANILA, Philippines – Former president Fidel V. Ramos announced his resignation as President Rodrigo Duterte’s special envoy to China; saying he has done his job of breaking the ice between the two countries.
“The moment the President came back from China from a successful state visit I resigned as special envoy to China because the officials have taken over,” GMA News quoted him as saying. “I’ve done my job to break the ice and to help restore the ties of goodwill and friendship.”
Ramos added that he remains a supporter of Duterte who will give out ‘friendly advice’ from time to time.
“I still consider myself a part of the Duterte team whether they like it or not. But I am free to give friendly advice and that is part of our democratic culture,” he said.
Sought for comment, Malacañang Palace said it has yet to receive Ramos’s resignation letter but insisted that he still has an important role in the Chinese-Philippine ties.
“We have not received PFVR’s resignation. Moreover, it is not true that the former president can no longer have any role in our engagement with China,” Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said.
Duterte handpicked Ramos to be his special envoy to China prior to his state visit.
A Korean War veteran who once fought against Chinese communists, Ramos also scored Duterte for his tirades against the US and advised him to take an interdependent foreign policy instead of an independent one.