By: Elena Grace Flores
Former President Fidel V. Ramos can be held directly responsible for martial law abuses because he was the PC Chief during those time. Instead of answering why his people committed such crimes instead, he blamed the late Ferdinand Marcos for it and joined the Edsa revolution to wash his hands.
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FVR’s Martial Law Role
The Marcoses blamed former President Fidel Ramos, then chief of the Philippine Constabulary (PC), as behind the abuses during martial law. When asked who’s to blame for the human rights abuses during martial law, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos said, “Ask Ramos.” Ramos was chief of the PC during the Marcos administration, a major service branch of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, before merging with the Integrated National Police to form today’s Philippine National Police (PNP). He was pointed by Marcos’ camp as being responsible for allegedly directing multiple crimes committed by the PC in provinces, particularly in Samar and Leyte.
Ramos Uses Edsa Power to Wash his Hands for Martial Law Abuses
Former President Fidel Ramos said he has atoned for his role during the Martial Law regime by being one of the leaders of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution. Ramos, who served as Philippine Constabulary chief and vice chief-of-staff of the Armed Forces, withdrew support from then President Ferdinand Marcos in 1986, along with former Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, who was defense minister at the time. This triggered a series of events that ousted Marcos and installed Corazon Aquino into the presidency. Ramos would be appointed defense secretary under Mrs. Aquino’s administration, before eventually succeeding her as president.
Military to be Investigated?
Former president Fidel V Ramos called for an investigation of key officers of the military and the police who, according to him, connived with the Marcos family for the surprised burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani last Friday, November 18. Ramos slammed the burial as part of a conspiracy among these groups, noting that Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and his undersecretaries did not know about it.
FVR is Still Liable for Martial Law Abuses and More after Edsa
Imee Marcos, the same as Bongbong Marcos’ reasoning already explained that the abuses on the ground during martial law were reportedly committed by some members of the Philippine Constabulary or PC. Ramos as the PC Chief should be liable with answering for the crimes committed. His joining the Edsa revolution only adds up to his crime if ever.